Francophone Immigration Network

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Who We are

The Northwest Territories Francophone Immigration Networks or Réseau en immigration francophone des Territoires du Nord-Ouest (RIFTNO) is a group of organizations in the Northwest Territories that provide French-language services to newcomers. Since its creation in 2010 with funding from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, members and partners have been working together to ensure that French-speaking newcomers are well supported in their transition to the North. The Fédération franco-ténoise is proud to be the trustee of RIFTNO.


To contact the RIFTNO Coordinator, call 1-867-680-0610 Ext. 106 or email cfa_riftno@franco-nord.com

What We Offer

Our Mission

RIFTNO aims to increase synergy, coherence and efficiency among organizations involved in the recruitment, reception, settlement, integration and retention of French-speaking immigrants and refugees in the Northwest Territories. In order to achieve this mission, the network is working to develop and implement the objectives of the RIFTNO strategic plan, according to the specific needs of the Northwest Territories.

Click here to see the RIFTNO Strategic Plan and Action Plan (2014-19)

Members of RIFTNO

Regular Members

  • Audrey Fournier Executive Director, Fédération franco-ténoise (FFT)
  • Lisa Boisneault | Coordinator, Communauté francophone accueillante (CFA) de Yellowknife, FFT
  • Isabel Candela | Manager, Intercultural Centre NWT, FFT
  • François Afane | Executive Director, Conseil de développement économique des Territoires du Nord-Ouest (CDÉTNO)
  • Ghyslain Letourneau |Immigration, Recruitment and Career Officer, CDÉTNO
  • Annick Lessard | Settlement Worker in Schools (SWIS), CDÉTNO
  • Sonia Kouakou | Settlement Advisor, CDÉTNO
  • Patrick Arsenault | Executive Director, Collège nordique francophone 
  • Marie-France Lanteigne | Training and Student Success Director, Collège nordique francophone 

Partner Members

  • Christian Hirwa | Director, Réseau TNO Santé, FFT
  • Malini Sengupta |Coordinator of the Yellowknife Immigration Partnership, CDÉTNO
  • Yvonne Careen | Executive Director, Commission scolaire francophone Territoires du Nord-Ouest
  • Tanya Morais | Finance Manager, Ptarmigan Inn
  • Batiste Foisy |Programming and Communications Manager, Association franco-culturelle de Yellowknife
  • Mila Benoit | Executive Director, Association franco-ténoise du Sud et de l’Ouest

Observer Members

  • Catherine Lyncée | Consultant with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
  • Antoine Gagnon | Manager, Labour Market Programs, Education, Culture and Employment, Government of the Northwest Territories
  • Vacant seat | Economic Development Officer, City of Yellowknife
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