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Beyond Riel

Episode 7: Who is Part of the Francophone Community? - Part 2: Newcomers To Canada

In our last episode, we spoke with Der­rek Bent­ley about his expe­ri­ences as some­one who iden­ti­fies as a Fran­coph­o­ne, despite not com­ing from a Fran­coph­o­ne fam­i­ly. Derrek’s expe­ri­ence is not unique to him; on today’s episode we dis­cuss Fran­coph­o­ne iden­ti­ty and com­mu­ni­ty inclu­sion through the lens of immi­gra­tion. We wel­come Blan­dine Tona to explore this impor­tant aspect.

For more infor­ma­tion on Beyond Riel please vis­it: https://​umfm​.com/​s​e​r​i​e​s​/​b​eyond…

Exec­u­tive pro­duc­ers for the pod­cast are Ian T.D. Thom­son and André Marchildon. 

Our tech­ni­cal pro­duc­er is Frédérick Demers, and our con­sult­ing pro­duc­er is Gabriel Tougas. 

Music for the series is pro­vid­ed by Rayan­nah.


  • Blandine Tona

    Blandine Tona was born in Cameroon where she obtained a master in law and political science. She has also worked on a PhD that she plans to defend in Cameroon. Since immigrating to Winnipeg Blandine has worked as an assistant professor at the Université de Saint Boniface and she now works as a program director at the Women’s Health Clinic in Winnipeg.