We’ve reached the end of another decade! 2019 was a busy year for ELAN, and we hope you’re excited for what’s still to come. We’d like to thank all of our members, funders, and partners for making this year a success. We wouldn’t be here without you!

This year, we celebrated our 15th anniversary together with the highest attendance of members we’ve ever seen at an AGM. We celebrated the continued successes of continuing projects like the ACE Initiative and ARTS2U, introduced new multi-year projects like ArtistsInspire Grants and Québec Relations, and, inspired by feedback from our members, launched the Creative Resilience mini-series on Arts & Health. As we round the corner toward 2020, here’s a look back at some of the 2019 highlights.

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ELAN is an official minority language organization within a country that recognizes two languages as official. ELAN is located in Tiohtiak:ke, the original name for Montreal in Kanien’keha:ka, the language of the Mohawk—also known as Mooniyang, which is the Anishinaabeg name given to the city by the Algonquin. While we are based in this city, our projects have also taken place in many regions across Quebec.

We acknowledge the colonial origin of English and French in Canada, and recognize that both languages benefit from official status throughout the land. The province that we know as Quebec is an amalgamation of the traditional territories of the Innu and Inuit nations, Algonquian nations, as well as the Mohawk nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Kanien’keha:ka and Anishinaabeg are but two of the original languages of this province; Atikamekw, Cree, Inuktitut, and Innu-aimun are also among the many Indigenous languages spoken across Quebec as majority languages, all well before French and English.

ELAN acknowledges the important work being done by First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples to revive the traditional languages of these territories, and their advocacy for the official status of Indigenous languages.