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What is the National Essay Contest?

Are you in Grade 10, 11 or 12 (secondaire IV, secondaire V or Cégep 1 in Quebec) and registered in a French program?

Do you need a little boost to continue your education in French after high school?

Take part in the National Essay Contest for the chance to win a scholarship ranging between $1,000 and $12,000 in one of the following post-secondary institutions:

     
   
   

You’ll also have the chance to have your essay read by our sponsoring organization!

We are nature. All people, and all species.

We are interconnected with nature, and with each other. What we do to the planet and its living creatures, we do to ourselves.

This is the fundamental truth guiding our work at the David Suzuki Foundation.

Founded in 1990, the David Suzuki Foundation is a national, bilingual non-profit organization headquartered in Vancouver, with offices in Toronto and Montreal. Through evidence-based research, education and policy analysis, they work to conserve and protect the natural environment, and help create a sustainable Canada. They regularly collaborate with non-profit and community organizations, all levels of government, businesses and individuals.

Their mission is to protect nature’s diversity and the well-being of all life, now and for the future. Their vision is that we all act every day on the understanding that we are one with nature.

The David Suzuki Foundation’s team is eager to read your essay! Don’t hesitate to contact them to discover how you could be involved with them!


How to participate?

  • Write a 750-word essay on this year’s theme. For the 2019-2020 edition, the theme is:

    On June 17th, 2019, Canada has declared a climate emergency. If you were put in charge of leading the government, how would you respond to this emergency?

  • Submit your essay between October and December by filling out our online form.

We strongly encourage you to read the Rules and Regulations as well as the Evaluation Grid before you start writing your essay.


Categories

At the time of entry each entrant must indicate on their entry form into which of the two categories below he or she best fits:

Category 1: French Second Language (“FSL”): students whose first language is not French or students who are currently enrolled in Core French, Extended Core French, Basic French, French Immersion, or any other version or type of FSL program, available in their province or territory of residence, and who do not match any of the French First Language criteria.

Category 2: French First Language (“FFL”): students who satisfy one or more of the following criteria:

– whose first language is French;
– who speak, write and comprehend French with native fluency;
– who regularly speak French at home with one or both parents.
– who attend or have attended a French First Language school for more than 3 years within the past 6 years.


What’s next?

  1. Essays will be marked by a panel of French teachers and our sponsoring organization, using the Evaluation Grid
  2. Winners will be announced at the beginning of March following the Contest.

If you teach French in Canada and you would like to be a part of our panel of judges for 2019-2020, please reach out to us by filling out this form.


The 2018-2019 National Essay Contest winners have been selected! Click here to meet them and read their essay!