Last winter the Secretariat for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers approached ELAN and six other community organizations (representing heritage, youth, seniors and diversity) about a project idea.  Quebec’s English-speaking community is ignored by the French-speaking majority much of the time, but sometimes hits the radar in a negative way.  Both of these situations make it a challenge for English-speakers to develop a strong community identity. Seven community groups will partner on the Belonging Project to use story-telling and the power of the arts to give members of the English-speaking community a stronger sense of belonging in Quebec. (We will reveal the official name of the tentatively titled ‘Belonging Project’ next month.) ELAN’s part of the project will be based on influential works of art which will inspire creative responses from contemporary life.

The first phase of the project requires YOUR input. Send us the name a work of art by an English-speaking Quebecois artist that has inspired you, encouraged you, enlightened you or made you feel that someone else shared a piece of your reality. It could be a novel, a film, a play, a dance performance, a song or a painting. The work of art can be ancient or recent. The only criteria is that it made a strong impact on you.  Given the challenges we are all facing due to the current global, stories featuring characters confronting and overcoming challenges will resonate particularly strongly with the work we plan to do in phase two.

 Send us the following three things:

  1. Name of the artist.

  2. Name of the work.

  3. A statement about why this work is important to you. 

Your suggestion will help lay a solid foundation for the project and YOUR name will be entered to win one of five $100 gift certificates.  Send your submission to with ‘Belonging Project’ in the subject line.

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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’kéha, 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’kéha 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.