Team Canada at the VIII Games of La Francophonie – Abidjan 2017

A huge event for young people, the Games of La Francophonie are held every four years, bringing together around 3,000 young athletes and artists from member and observer states and governments of La Francophonie. The Games are unique in that they are the only major international games that feature both sport and cultural competitions.

Abidjan 2017

Official logo for the eight Games of la Francophonie. Included in the logo, the words Côte d’Ivoire and Abidjan 2017.

The city of Abidjan, in Côte d’Ivoire, welcomed more than 3,000 participants from member and observer states and governments of La Francophonie for the VIII Games of La Francophonie, which was held from July 21 to 30, 2017. Their bid was selected in March 2013 by the member states and governments of the Francophonie.

Abidjan, the economic capital and largest city of Côte d’Ivoire, is located in the southern region of the country on the Gulf of Guinea and along the Ebrié lagoon coastline. The official language of Côte d’Ivoire, a member of the International Organisation of La Francophonie since 1970, is French. Considered the "cultural crossroads of West Africa" and a regular host to high-level sports competitions, Abidjan was a prime location for a major event such as the Games of La Francophonie. Events were organized at the various competition locations in order to give athletes, artists and the people of Abidjan an opportunity to mingle.

The VIII Games of La Francophonie were held under the theme of Solidarity, Diversity and Excellence, with the aim of being part of a development project that strengthened national unity in the host country.

Team Canada

Official logo for Team Canada at the eight Games of la Francophonie. Included in the logo, the words Canada, Games of la Francophonie and Abidjan 2017.

Since Canada and the governments of Quebec and New Brunswick are members of the international Francophonie, the Canadian delegation to the Games of La Francophonie consists of three teams: Canada, Canada–Quebec and Canada–New Brunswick.

On behalf of the Government of Canada, the Department of Canadian Heritage is responsible for organizing and coordinating all activities related to the participation and coaching of athletes and artists who represent Team Canada.

Athletes are chosen according to a selection process determined by national sports organizations, based on excellence criteria specific to each association, and in keeping with the procedure established by the Comité international des Jeux de la Francophonie (CIJF). Artists are chosen through a national cultural competition organized by the Canada Council for the Arts. A jury appointed by the CIJF selects the final candidates.

"Francophonie" does not necessarily mean "Francophone." As with the Commonwealth Games, athletes and artists are selected to be a part of Team Canada at the Games of La Francophonie based on their performance excellence, not their linguistic affiliation. This means that there are athletes and artists whose first language is not French.

Team Canada at the VIII Games of La Francophonie

From July 21 to 30, 2017 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, Team Canada participated in the VIII Games of La Francophonie, and was represented in twelve cultural competitions and four sport competitions. Including athletes, artists, coaches, supervisors, the medical team and mission staff, Team Canada was composed of close to 156 people.

Cultural component

Artists representing Team Canada at the 2017 Games of la Francophonie in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

Video montage that showcased the artists representing Team Canada at the VIII Games of la Francophonie.

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For the cultural component, Team Canada was represented by the following artists and groups:

Sports component

For the sports component, Team Canada was represented in the sports listed below.

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