Photo provided by QCGN (Quebec Community Groups Network)

Today, on April 23, 2018, the Secretariat for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers (SRESQ) announced $950,000 in funding for five community-based projects. The recipients are the English Language Arts Network (ELAN), the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), Quebec English-speaking Communities Research Network (QUESCREN), Council for Anglophone Magdalen Islanders, and Eastern Townships Resource Centre (ETRC).

Kathleen Weil, Minister responsible for Access to Information and the Reform of Democratic Institutions and Minister responsible for Relations with English-Speaking Quebecers, announced that the funding will increase the amount of government representation and support provided to English-speaking communities across the province.

ELAN has received $230,000 for a two-year project to ‘establish long-term arts education collaborations.’ Based on ELAN’s ACE (Arts, Communities and Education) initiative, this new funding will greatly increase collaborations between artists and educators for the benefit of students. 10 to 15 schools and communities will receive assistance for arts-based projects that will develop transferable skills and creative thinking.

Cultural and Education are natural partners, and both are under provincial jurisdiction, however bureaucratic structures have made it difficult in the past for artists and educators to collaborate. This new funding and partnerships demonstrates that the new Anglo Secretariat is fulfilling its mandate of closer collaboration between government ministries and Quebec’s English-speaking communities.


Resources:

English-Language Arts Network

https://www.quebec-elan.org/about/

English-Language Arts Network ACE Initiative
https://www.quebec-elan.org/elans-ace-initiative-design-test-scale-wrap-up/

School of Community and Public Affairs

https://www.concordia.ca/artsci/scpa.html

Quebec English-speaking Communities Research Network

https://www.concordia.ca/artsci/scpa/quescren.html

The Secretariat for relations with English-speaking Quebecers

http://www.mce.gouv.qc.ca/ministere/centre_presse/srqea/2018-04-10-en.htm

http://www.fil-information.gouv.qc.ca/Pages/Article.aspx?lang=en&idArticle=2511247102

Council for Anglophone Magdalen Islanders

https://micami.org/en/

Quebec Community Groups Network

http://qcgn.ca/

Eastern Townships Resource Centre

http://www.etrc.ca/

The federal Ministry of Canadian Heritage is responsible for funding 12 crown corporations, including Canada Council, Téléfilm, the National Film Board, and CBC. The fund that supports Official Language communities is less visible but extremely important for minority language communities.  A significant portion of ELAN’s funding comes from this source, which has also funded some of our largest projects such as Arts Alive! Québec.

On March 28 in Ottawa, Minister Mélanie Joly and Prime Minister Trudeau unveiled the 2018/19 Action Plan for Official Languages. The new Action Plan received a 20% increase in funding, which was an encouraging demonstration of support for minority language communities across the country. Some of the highlights include:

  • $57.35 million to increase support for organizations working in community development, culture, and second language learning;
  •  $67.3 million in new funding (over 5 years) for the construction of cultural and educational infrastructure;
  • $11.2 million to double the Community Cultural Action Fund, for a total investment of $21.2 million over 5 years;
  • $10 million for a new Community Media Strategic Fund.

 Resources

http://montrealgazette.com/news/quebec/anglo-groups-cheer-new-federal-spending-to-support-official-languages

https://globalnews.ca/news/4111198/canadas-official-languages-action-plan-promises-historic-investments/

https://www.ledevoir.com/politique/canada/523925/langues-officielles-le-plan-d-action-prevoit-500-millions-sur-cinq-ans

 

Quebec Budget 2018/19

The Quebec budget on March 27 was full of election year goodies. After years of austerity and cuts it was certainly a good new budget for artists and cultural workers. Total investment in the Ministry of Culture and Communication will rise to $778 million in 2019/19, an 11% increase. This the largest new investment in culture in 20 years.

Media and culture

  • $113 million on youth and culture, including $35 million for cultural field trips for school daycare students;
  • $168.9 million in new funding for arts funding organizations and cultural tax credits, including $100 million in new funding to be divided between CALQ and SODEC, and $2.5 million to extend a tax credit for a first major cultural gift (of $5,000 to $25,000) from Jan. 1, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2022;
  • Increasing, from $15.5 million a year to $19.5 million, the contribution to the Quebec Cultural Heritage Fund;
  • $5 million to compensate museums that offer one free Sunday a month;
  • $5 million for large-scale cultural events in Quebec City;
  • $40 million for “various initiatives” that support the creation of digital cultural works;
  • $64.7 million for a tax credit to support digital transformation of print media;
  • $11.6 million to make digital video productions eligible for the film and television tax credit.

Anglo Secretariat

Last year, the Couillard government created a new Anglo Secretariat, which established Arts and Culture as a community priority.  The 2018/19 budget provided the Anglo Secretariat with a $24.5 million budget and several projects involving arts and education are waiting to receive financial support.

Resources

http://montrealgazette.com/news/quebec/quebec-2018-19-budget-highlights

http://www.lapresse.ca/affaires/economie/medias-et-telecoms/201803/27/01-5158955-budget-leitao-la-presse-ecrite-obtient-une-aide-pour-son-virage-numerique.php

http://www.cqt.ca/courriel/web/738/8154/70765614c956b731847fdef55419ff0b

https://mailchi.mp/fb05fbd5e08e/budget-du-qubec-2018-1594357?e=7dddcb47b9



Guy Rodgers

Executive Director

The Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse (CDPDJ) has selected Diversité artistique Montréal (DAM) to hold a local consultation on systemic discrimination and racism in the cultural and media sector. DAM will hold this consultation with Culture Montréal, the English Language Arts Network (ELAN), and Espace Nodal.

The consultation will be held in both official languages and will take the form of two types of activities between November 3 and 8. This will encourage all cultural and media stakeholders to voice their opinions. The activities will include public hearings (Nov. 8) and closed discussion groups (Nov. 3-7) to provide a safe space for testimonies. It will also be possible to post anonymous testimonies on the CDPDJ website.

Racialized English-speaking artists, cultural workers, media professionals, students, cultural development stakeholders, and citizens are welcome and encouraged to contribute their stories. Please consult the call for participation for more information. The deadline to register is October 29.

 

For more information:

Call for participation – click here
Discussion group registration – click here
Public hearings registration – click here

 

Other ways to participate:

 

Read DAM’s press release here.

The Conseil des arts de Montréal is currently preparing its 2017-2020 Strategic Plan. Four main orientations will guide our policies over the next few years. To establish these priorities, we assessed the previous plan, taking into account the changing realities within the artistic community.

We are asking you today to take a few moments to tell us what you think of these four orientations. This exercise is important to us—as it is to you—to ensure that our future actions have a significant and positive impact throughout the Montreal region.

You have until August 18 to participate.

Step 1:
Discover our proposed orientations and actions.

Step 2:
Give your opinion online on our main orientations.

Twenty-five years after the launch of Quebec’s first Cultural Policy, which led to the creation of CALQ and SODEC, and 15 months after consultations began, Luc Fortin, Minister of Culture and Communications, has released a draft of the new Cultural Policy.

ELAN consulted its members last summer and presented a brief to the Minister last fall, expressing our concerns that the working documents indicated an alarming discomfort with English-language art and artists. We understand the importance of celebrating French-language culture, but we also know that when Arcade Fire won a Grammy Award in 2011 the National Assembly voted a unanimous resolution recognizing that English-speaking artists can also be worthy ambassadors for Quebec.

The new policy fills many gaps from 1992, particularly the digital shift, and recognition of the importance of Indigenous artists. It is not perfect, but the Minister and his team have made a serious effort to be modern and inclusive.

The Ministry of Culture and Communications is currently inviting feedback on the draft Cultural Policy (FR). This is the last chance for you to have your say! Take a few minutes to review the document, then send your comments to the Ministry, or to ELAN (admin@quebec-elan.org) and we will include them with ours.

The City of Montreal recently concluded consultations for its Cultural Development Project 2017-2022. Thanks to your input, ELAN had a lot to say about the policy in our own brief, which we presented to the Commission responsible for the policy at City Hall on April 6.

Many of ELAN’s recommendations, especially for increased encounters between artists from different linguistic groups and for clearer commitments to diversity and equity, were echoed by other groups who participated.

We were pleased to see that the Commission has adopted several promising recommendations along these lines, including:

An increased focus on equity, inclusion, and diversity;
Measures to ensure representation and document systemic barriers;
Encouraging encounters between French- and English-speaking artists and artists of other linguistic backgrounds;
Integrating universal accessibility into the planning of cultural activities;
Promoting use of the City’s cultural infrastructure among English-speaking and Allophone artistic communities.

What’s next? A Rendez-vous in 2018 will result in an action plan to implement the policy. We will share news as soon as it’s announced.

Read the Commission’s full report here (FR) and consult the list of recommendations here (FR).

The Canada Council for the Arts is on the brink of implementing its New Funding Model, and wants to make sure Quebec’s English-speaking artists have the information they need to make the leap.

ELAN’s Board of Directors met with Simon Brault, CEO of Canada Council, on March 24. Mr. Brault, plus Council staff Sarah Dingle and Claude Schryer, were generous with their time, answering questions from ELAN members and clarifying elements of the new model.

Answers to ELAN member questions submitted in advance are available in this summary.  Supplementary notes from the meeting and answers to questions from board members are now available here.

Take a look at the Council’s website to get a sense of the new programs and processes. And register as an applicant in the online portal to get a head start – applications will open very soon!

The City of Montreal has launched its Cultural Development Project 2017-2022, titled Savoir conjuguer la créativité et l’expérience culturelle citoyenne à l’ère du numérique (Knowing how to combine creativity and citizens’ cultural experience in the digital age).

On March 7th ELAN held a community consultation to discuss the proposed policy, the issues at stake, and the next five years of Montreal’s cultural development. Thank you to all attendees for their participation and ideas at this event. Many of your suggestions have been incorporated into the official brief. Click here to read ELAN’s brief in full!

On April 6th ELAN will present our brief to the Commission sur la culture, le patrimoine et les sports de la Ville de Montreal at City Hall around 2:30pm. Community members are welcome to attend.