Bylaws and Policies

Political Policy Campus Saint-Jean

Expiry: April 30, 2022

1 Facts

  1. Campus Saint-Jean is the only Canadian post-secondary institution west of Winnipeg to offer multiple degree and diploma programs in French.
  2. An Agreement was signed in 1976 in which Campus Saint-Jean (formerly Collège Saint-Jean) became a part of the University of Alberta.
    1. The 1976 Agreement states in Section 3 (III), point 3.2 that “The University (of Alberta) covenants and agrees to use its best efforts to operate, maintain, improve and expand the College [CSJ] program, the buildings, equipment and supplies…”
    2. The 1976 Agreement states in Section 3 (III), point 3.6 that “The Province covenants and agrees to provide to the University as and when required, funds by way of grant or otherwise… to allow the University to perform its covenants herein…”.
    3. Students at Campus Saint-Jean do not have an English language proficiency requirement when applying for admission.
  3. The University of Alberta offers general and emergency communications, descriptions and applications for scholarships and bursaries, administrative interfaces, and many student services only in English.
  4. In the 2017-2018 academic year, Campus Saint-Jean rented extra classroom space at La Cité Francophone because it did not have enough existing space for courses.
  5. The French Policy of the Government of Alberta states that “The Government of Alberta recognizes that the continued growth and vitality of the Francophonie can be supported by continuing to foster ... post secondary programming in French.”[1]
  6. The Constitution Act, 1982 states that “English and French are the official languages of Canada”[2].
  7. Campus Saint-Jean receives funding from the Government of Canada through the Official Languages Support Programs.
  8. Canada has an ongoing shortage of teachers able to provide quality instruction in French Immersion and Francophone schools[3].

2 Resolutions

  1. The Students’ Union shall recognize the continuing legitimacy of the 1976 Agreement and shall advocate that the University of Alberta and provincial government act in accordance with this agreement.
  2. The Students’ Union shall conduct its annual survey in French and English.
  3. The Students’ Union shall advocate that the University of Alberta offer general and emergency communications, descriptions and applications for scholarships and bursaries, administrative interfaces, and other student services in both French and English, including a bilingual scholarship and bursary application process.
  4. The Students’ Union shall advocate that Faculté Saint-Jean, the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Registrar raise the full-load equivalent (FLE) target of Campus Saint-Jean to properly reflect rising admission numbers and applicant demand.
  5. The Students’ Union shall advocate that Campus Saint-Jean hire more research professors to allow for greater research opportunities in French for students and a larger variety of courses.
  6. The Students’ Union shall collaborate with l’Association Canadienne-Française de l’Alberta (ACFA) to advocate for the right to post-secondary education in French in Alberta.
  7. The Students’ Union shall advocate that the provincial government provide funding to renovate and expand academic and student-oriented spaces at Campus Saint-Jean to meet current and future needs.
  8. The Students’ Union shall advocate that the government of Alberta provide official languages equity funding to expand enrollment, support infrastructure needs, and grow the number of programs in an effort to provide greater access to quality post-secondary education in French in Alberta for students.
  9. The Students’ Union shall advocate that the Government of Canada utilize a needs-based approach to Official Languages Support Programs funding and to assess the value needed to ensure quality post-secondary education in French in a minority context.
  10. The Students’ Union shall advocate for greater collaboration between faculties at the University of Alberta to ensure that students at Campus Saint-Jean are not limited in the scope of their academic programming.
  11. The Students’ Union shall collaborate with the University of Alberta and Faculté Saint-Jean to ensure that students have access to affordable and quality food for purchase on-campus in French.
  12. The Students’ Union shall advocate for the creation of an Aboriginal student gathering space at Campus Saint-Jean.

3 References

  1. https://open.alberta.ca/dataset/9818af69-7a54-43af-9d91-f899745d864c/resource/fbc613c8-aa52-4669-a3f9-80192a0a1283/download/french-policy-english.pdf
  2. https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/Const/page-15.html#h-46
  3. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/canada-french-immersion-teacher-shortage-1.4423050