9 episodes

Beyond Riel is a limited series that explores the identity, culture, and challenges facing minority Francophone communities in Canada. Hosted by André Marchildon and Ian T. D. Thomson, this podcast was created with the goal of highlighting to non-Francophone Canadians that French is present all across Canada.

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Beyond Riel is a limited series that explores the identity, culture, and challenges facing minority Francophone communities in Canada. Hosted by André Marchildon and Ian T. D. Thomson, this podcast was created with the goal of highlighting to non-Francophone Canadians that French is present all across Canada.

    Episode 8: Francophone Rights and Representation

    Episode 8: Francophone Rights and Representation

    For our final episode we will be looking at organizations that represent Francophones in Manitoba and across Canada. We will also talk about the Official Languages Act, which mandates the federal government, among other things, to provide French and English services across Canada. To guide us on this conversation we’ve invited Justin Johnson. This pod­cast is co-hosted by executive producers André Marchildon, a Franco-Manitoban, and Ian T. D. Thomson, a born and raised Winnipegger who grew up speaking only English. The music in Beyond Riel comes from Franco-Manitoban artist Rayannah. The series is sponsored by la Société de la francophonie manitobaine and sup­ported by a Taking It Global grant.

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

    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. This pod­cast is co-hosted by executive producers André Marchildon, a Franco-Manitoban, and Ian T. D. Thomson, a born and raised Winnipegger who grew up speaking only English. The music in Beyond Riel comes from Franco-Manitoban artist Rayannah. The series is sponsored by la Société de la francophonie manitobaine and sup­ported by a Taking It Global grant.

    • 22 min
    Episode 6: Who is Part of the Francophone Community? - Part 1: French as a Second Language

    Episode 6: Who is Part of the Francophone Community? - Part 1: French as a Second Language

    Our previous episodes explored how a common language and lively culture brings together Francophone communities. Our next topic concerns who is part of these Francophone communities. In the next two episodes, we will explore this question by talking to two individuals who historically would not have been considered part of the Francophone community. We will begin this conversation with Derrek Bentley. This pod­cast is co-hosted by executive producers André Marchildon, a Franco-Manitoban, and Ian T. D. Thomson, a born and raised Winnipegger who grew up speaking only English. The music in Beyond Riel comes from Franco-Manitoban artist Rayannah. The series is sponsored by la Société de la francophonie manitobaine and sup­ported by a Taking It Global grant.

    • 31 min
    Episode 5: The Rich Francophone Culture Across Canada, Part 2

    Episode 5: The Rich Francophone Culture Across Canada, Part 2

    This is part 2 exploring the culture of the Francophone communities in Canada, today we delve deeper into the culture of Francophone communities by looking at some of the original content produced by Gabriel Tougas. This pod­cast is co-hosted by executive producers André Marchildon, a Franco-Manitoban, and Ian T. D. Thoson, a born and raised Winnipegger who grew up speaking only English. The music in Beyond Riel comes from Franco-Manitoban artist Rayannah. The series is sponsored by la Société de la francophonie manitobaine and sup­ported by a Taking It Global grant.

    • 20 min
    Episode 4: The Rich Francophone Culture Across Canada, Part 1

    Episode 4: The Rich Francophone Culture Across Canada, Part 1

    Francophone communities in Canada are diverse but there is one aspect that they all share, a lively local culture, to talk about these ideas today is Gabriel Tougas. This pod­cast is co-hosted by executive producers André Marchildon, a Franco-Manitoban, and Ian T. D. Thomson, a born and raised Winnipegger who grew up speaking only English. The music in Beyond Riel comes from Franco-Manitoban artist Rayannah. The series is sponsored by la Société de la francophonie manitobaine and sup­ported by a Taking It Global grant.

    • 20 min
    Episode 3: Manitoba’s French Linguistic Crisis

    Episode 3: Manitoba’s French Linguistic Crisis

    In our previous episode we highlighted the decisive role Louis Riel and the Metis played in enshrining French and English rights in Manitoba’s constitution. Today we explore the French linguistic crisis of the 1980s and how this tumultuous period has shaped French rights in Manitoba today, to guide us on this historical tour we’ve invited the historian Jacqueline Blay. This pod­cast is co-hosted by executive producers André Marchildon, a Franco-Manitoban, and Ian T. D. Thomson, a born and raised Winnipegger who grew up speaking only English. The music in Beyond Riel comes from Franco-Manitoban artist Rayannah. The series is sponsored by la Société de la francophonie manitobaine and sup­ported by a Taking It Global grant.

    • 19 min

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