The society distributes prizes for artistic and literary merit, and since the 1920s has sponsored annual parades on June 24 with themes such as "Homage to the Patriotes of 1837." It has engaged in various financial activities and has produced numerous briefs and resolutions on subjects of nationalist, linguistic and constitutional interest to Francophones.
Early in the 20th century the society gave both monetary and moral support to Francophones in Ontario, where bilingual education had been abolished. Its attention later shifted away from francophone minorities outside Québec, and in the 1960s it became principally concerned with Québec nationalism. Since the 1960s, the society's activities have become largely secularized.
Author RICHARD JONES
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