The first Ministerial Conference on Francophone Affairs is held

Held during the first Congrès mondial acadien (World Acadian Congress), this Conference provided an opportunity for provincial and territorial ministers responsible for Francophone affairs to discuss common issues.

The first meeting served primarily as an awareness-raising session. The ministers each spoke about the situation of the French-speaking community in their jurisdiction, and the policies and structure in place regarding French-language services. They concluded that it was important to continue holding ministerial conferences on francophone affairs.

In 2005, the ministers adopted a new name for their organization—the Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie—to reflect a more positive and inclusive reality.