The Centre canadien de recherche sur les francophonies en milieu minoritaire (CRFM) is one of the University of Regina’s institutes and research centres.
True to the University of Regina’s philosophy and missions, it “undertakes innovative and relevant research to expand human knowledge […]” and “works with communities at the local, provincial, national and international levels in order to serve them better.” (University of Regina Strategic Plan 2009-2014, “mâmawohkamâtowin: Our Work, Our People, Our Communities.”)
The CRFM was created in 2005, following the establishment of the Institut français in 2003; it is directly tied to and comes under the authority of La Cité universitaire francophone at the University of Regina. The creation of the CRFM responds to a need that was identified and articulated by the Fransaskois community.
The CRFM works with communities at the local, provincial, national and international levels in order to serve them better.
The CRFM is an original research centre whose mandate is, on one hand, to analyze the experience of a specific Francophone community (in this case, the Fransaskois community) and, on the other hand, to compare that experience with that of other Francophone communities and other ethno-cultural groups in a minority context.
For its part, the Fransaskois community not only provides the researchers assembled by the CRFM with a real-life laboratory in which to conduct research on the minority Francophone experience, but also supplies its own expertise, thus making the research its own.
In this way, the CRFM enables the University of Regina to secure an important and unique place for itself among university institutions dedicated to research on Francophone issues and to build a pan-Canadian profile in this field by developing a reputation that extends beyond just English Canada to establish itself in Francophone Canada as well.