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Brief History

 Le RÉSEAU DU PARTRIMOINE FRANCO-ONTARIEN (RPFO) is an organization stemmed by the union of the Société franco-ontarienne d’histoire et de généalogie (SFOHG) and the Regroupement des organismes du patrimoine franco-ontarien (ROPFO) following a vote at the general meeting held on May 23rd 2011.


It is in the Fall of 1980, that the idea of the Société franco-ontarienne d’histoire et de généalogie (SFOHG), a provincial organisation, is presented.  The first meeting of the founding committee is held in December 1980 in Mrs. Louise Décarie-Marier’s home. 

Throughout the year of 1981, many others, such as, Paul R. Marier, Patrick Savoie, Jean-Marc Poliquin, Gilles Lamoureux-Gadoury, Aurèle Hotte, Jean-Louis Sauvé and Marthe Gagnon-McDonald joined the group as members. Most of those mentioned became members of the very first board of directors of the SFOHG.

On February 10th 1981, 10 people petition the Ontario government to incorporate the SFOHG into a non-profit society. On April 21st 1981, the society received its provincial charter of the Ontario government. Did you know that the Société franco-ontarienne d’histoire et de généalogie was the first non-profit organization in Ontario to receive an incorporation charter (letters patent) in French?

On November 6th 1981, the SFOHG officially launched in front of an audience of 365 people in the amphitheater of Archives nationales du Canada.

HISTORY OF THE ROPFO (Regroupement des organismes du patrimoine franco-ontarien)

The first discussions about the opportunity of the founding of a federation grouping organizations interested in the Franco-Ontarian heritage began in  1988. The goal of such a provincial federation was to represent the heritage sector on a general basis (provincial representation), to help reinforce the existing societies and also to encourage the formation of new groups. The ROPFO was therefore founded in the spirit of cooperation not competition.

During the annual assembly of the Association canadienne-française de l’Ontario (ACFO), held in Midland in June 1989, representatives of certain organizations suchs as Société historique du Nouvel-Ontario, Société franco-ontarienne d’histoire et de généalogie (SFOHG), Société d’histoire de Toronto (SHT), l’Institut franco-ontarien and the Centre franco-ontarien de folklore (CFOF) formed the base of the new ROPFO federation and elected the first council. The ROPFO undertook steps with the Ministère de la culture et des communications to obtain funding, and was granted its first subsidy for the launch of the ROPFO in early 1990.

The first board of directors was formed by Hugette Parent (president), Jean Yves Pelletier (vice-president), Denise Allard (treasurer), Maurice Cabana-Proulx (secretary) and the advisers of the representatives of the organization members : Gaétan Gervais (Institu franco-ontarien), Danielle Caloz (SHT), Michel Morin (CFOF), Thérèse Boutin (Société historique du Nouveal-Ontario) and Gérard Lévesque (Association des jurists d’expression française).