History

Introduction

Thanks to the founding of the Association culturelle franco-manitobaine, inc./French-Manitoban Cultural Association Inc. (ACFM), rural culture and arts celebrate Franco-Manitoban tradition and identity. The following information traces the evolution of our organisation since its founding.

 

History

The Association culturelle franco-manitobaine, inc./French-Manitoban Cultural Association (ACFM) was officially founded on February 17, 1986, although its origins date back to the establishment of the cultural committees in their respective communities in the early 1970s.

With the goal of facilitating the organisation of “Musical Days” in various rural communities, representatives of organisations from each village (the Catholic Women’s League, the Knights of Columbus, parishes, schools, etc.) established committees which, throughout the years, transformed into cultural committees in their respective regions.

As of the year 2000, all the members of the ACFM convey the same message: cultural committees favorise artistic and cultural activities in rural francophone communities in Manitoba. Following a survey which lead to a strategic plan, a positioning strategy and intensive lobbying, the ACFM assured the financing which allowed it to open its first office in April, 2005 and hire staff.