SELFIES

ELAN is collecting stories from the many groups that make up Quebec’s English-speaking communities. We all arrived in Nouvelle France, Lower Canada or Quebec at different times and from different places. English was the mother tongue for some, and for others it became the first official language spoken.

Political, social and linguistic conditions have changed over time, so each discussion group is formed with participants whose roots in Quebec go back to a shared period. We are referring to these periods as immigrations waves. The first wave consisted of groups that arrived in Quebec prior to 1945. The second wave of groups that arrived between 1945 and 1970.  The first two fascinating discussions were filmed in early December and our production team is busy editing videos of those conversations.

We plan to film four more discussion groups in late February or early March, once Covid restrictions are eased. The third wave will consist of people whose families arrived in Quebec from 1970-1995, followed by 1995-2010 and final wave of newcomers who have arrived since 2010. We are also filming a discussion group with regional participants, who all live in dramatically different worlds. The 60 participants in these wave-of-immigration discussion groups will present a complex and thought-provoking portrait of what it feels like to be an English-speaking Quebecer today.

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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.