The goal of French Life in the Capital is to tell Canadians an untold Ottawa story about the participation of Francophones in building the nation's capital. An outcome of Chantier Ottawa, an initiative co-ordinated since 2011 by the Centre de recherche en civilisation canadienne-française (CRCCF) with the participation of over fifteen French Canadian specialists, the exhibition presents archival documents of diverse origins about Ottawa’s Francophone population, its institutions, its achievements, and its ambitions at various times in its history. Many of these documents are published for the first time in this exhibition. Combining multimedia documentary resources with historical interpretation, the exhibition seeks to offer reliable and enduring educational content to the Canadian public, both Francophone and Anglophone. In the wake of the 150th anniversary of Confederation, French Life in the Capital invites Canadians to pursue their own exploration of French space in Ottawa, and the role Francophones have played in building the nation.



This online exhibit was produced through the Virtual Exhibit Investment Program of the Virtual Museum of Canada. The Virtual Museum of Canada is managed by the Canadian Museum of History with financial support from the Government of Canada.

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