Inclusion Committee Purpose, Mandate & Functioning


The Inclusion Committee has 4 principal roles:

  • Projects (e.g. developing ELAN’s Inclusion Policy)
  • Advocacy (e.g. seats on other committees, attending events on behalf of ELAN)
  • Consultation (e.g. guidance on matters submitted by ELAN staff)
  • Compiling resources
  • Commitment to awareness of issues, organizations, events, and news related to inclusion; and to share and exchange this knowledge as needed


The Inclusion Committee was mandated by ELAN’s Board to develop an inclusion policy for ELAN. Once this policy is completed, the mandate may shift. In the meantime, committee members are speaking from their own experiences and ELAN’s mandate with respect to Inclusion issues.


The committee shall meet 5 times a year, or every other month except during the summer months. Projects that require more time, such as the Inclusion Policy, will require extra meetings as needed.

It is recommended when possible that a guest who is working on important inclusion projects in the community be invited when appropriate.

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Suites 706 & 708, 917 (Quebec Relations)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3B 1A7
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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.