More funding for community heritage on its way

--May 25, 2021.

The Quebec government will invest another $90,000 in the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN) this year to help develop museum and cultural activities that tell about English-speaking community history and heritage.

This is the second year in a row QAHN has received money from the province’s Secretariat for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers (SRQEA) to fund member-led programming.

In 2020, QAHN’s Belonging & Identity initiative helped local history groups in ten communities produce bilingual exhibits, walking tours, historic interpretation panels, online lectures, an outdoor mural, a museum-artifacts registry and a video documentary.

“I am a great fan of what QAHN does,” commented Laval MNA Christopher Skeete during an online gathering of local heritage leaders earlier this year. Skeete is parliamentary assistant to Quebec Premier François Legault for relations with English-speaking Quebecers. “I think it’s so important to put forward the awesome contributions of the English-speaking community.”

Funding for QAHN’s Belonging initiative is part of a broader effort on the part of the province to acknowledge that Anglophone cultural and heritage institutions contribute vitally to Quebec society and merit public support.

Other organizations set to receive Secretariat grants in 2021 include the English Language Arts Network, LEARN, Y4Y Quebec, Seniors Action Quebec, the Black Community Resource Centre, and the Quebec English-Speaking Communities Research Network at Concordia University, which will administer the funds on behalf of the province.

Eligible Belonging project partners include historical societies, museums and other QAHN-member organizations. Participation details will be posted on the QAHN website in the coming weeks.

Source: QAHN