Over the years, ELAN has made cultural advocacy a means to shape our programming and serve our members. In our Archives, we’ve made available our project reports, policy papers, arts research, past surveys, workshop materials, panel transcripts, public statements, and press releases.
Are you looking for organizations involved in cultural and advocacy work? Need career advice or legal support to navigate contracts? Or maybe you’re new to Quebec and want a better sense of what services might be available to you! Refer to this growing list of arts associations, community organizations and social services in Quebec.
Community building is a big priority for ELAN. It’s implied in everything we do – from State of the Arts to the ACE Initiative. We’ve created a tutorial on using our member-submitted Community Calendar, tips to get you thinking about accessibility for your events, and a guide on writing a professional artist bio.
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.