April 17, 2014

SUDBURY – The University of Sudbury and Sudbury’s École secondaire du Sacré-Coeur will highlight their common history and links during an event on Tuesday, April 22, for Earth Day. Their collaboration will allow them to plant 100 trees, generously donated by Collège Boréal. This green event will begin at 10:30 a.m. on the grounds of École secondaire du Sacré-Coeur (261, Notre Dame Avenue, Sudbury).  Presentations pertaining to Earth Day will be given by Marcel Bénéteau, Coordinator of the Folklore program at the University of Sudbury; Kevin FitzMaurice, Chair of the Indigenous Studies Department at the University of Sudbury; and Mélanie Smits, Aboriginal Education Consultant at the Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario.   

The collaboration between the two institutions is not a mere coincidence since they share a common history: in 1913, the Society of Jesus established a classic college for boys called Collège du Sacré-Coeur. Through the years, the Collège would become a centre of excellence in education for Franco-Ontarian youth and would take the name of University of Sudbury in 1957. The Collège itself closed its doors and ceased offering secondary school education in 1967. In recognition of the long-standing Catholic Francophone tradition of this historical site, the Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario opened in 2003 the new École secondaire du Sacré-Coeur on the very same grounds where the former college once stood. 

The University of Sudbury and École secondaire du Sacré-Coeur are proud of their common history and links they have woven throughout the years.


About the University of Sudbury

As Northern Ontario’s longest-standing postsecondary institution and a member of the Laurentian University Federation, the University of Sudbury remains committed to a focus on a liberal arts education by providing programs in journalism (French only), folklore (French only), religious studies, philosophy and Indigenous studies. Detailed information about the University’s programs as well as this year’s centennial activities can be found at

For more information, please contact:

Sarah Noel
Communication Officer, University of Sudbury


Paul de la Riva
Communications Coordinator
Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario
705 673-5626, ext. 294