Grant under the Urban Aboriginal Support Program – Minister Sylvie D’Amours attends the inauguration of the new premises of the Chibougamau Eenou Friendship Centre

QUÉBEC CITY, Nov. 15, 2018 – Minister of Native Affairs Sylvie D’Amours participated today in the official inauguration of the new premises of the Chibougamau Eenou Friendship Centre.

Eenou Friendship Centre officials were able to rebuild the facility in part through a $600 000 grant from the Infrastructure section of the Urban Aboriginal Support Program.

The Centre now has better adapted, more functional premises. It can pursue the rollout of services for its clientele that comprises Aboriginal peoples living in or passing through Chibougamau, including members of the Mistissini and Oujé-Bougoumou Cree communities.

The key services focus on employment and education, cultural activities, community development and health and social services.

“The Québec government is pleased to be a partner in supporting this worthwhile, major initiative, through a grant that covers one-quarter of the requisite investment. The Eenou Friendship Centre has always been and will continue to be a valuable resource that offers culturally adapted services and a more congenial environment.”

Sylvie D’Amours, Minister of Native Affairs


Early Childhood Week – People and Organizations Across Quebec Stand “Hand in Hand for the Little Ones”!

MONTREAL, Nov. 15, 2018 – The 540,000 children in the 0-to-5 age group in Quebec may make up a mere 6% of our population, but they represent 100% of our future. By this virtue alone, they deserve special care and attention from every sector of our society. The third edition of Early Childhood Week, which will take place from November 18 to 24, promises to bring even more people together, as numerous stakeholders from around the province pledge to make early childhood development a true social priority.

“Early Childhood Week is an opportunity for everyone to stop for a moment and focus on early childhood in Quebec, in order to collectively reflect on what we can accomplish to help children achieve their full potential,” said Lucie Champagne, Co-Chair of Early Childhood Week and Strategic Consultant for the Association québécoise des centres de la petite enfance. “By taking action as early as possible, beginning at pregnancy, and giving children an equal chance to succeed, we will be empowering the society of the future to grow and develop in the best possible conditions. Let’s dream big for our little ones!”

Hundreds of activities, everywhere in Quebec
A number of activities will be organized throughout the province during Early Childhood Week in an effort to engage decision-makers and the general public about the key role played in the future of our society by our youngest citizens. These activities include:

  • New – A Grand Rally for Our Little Ones, in Quebec City, on November 20 and 21. More than 600 decision-makers and early childhood development stakeholders involved in their respective communities will join members of major networks dedicated to improving conditions for babies, toddlers and preschoolers in Quebec.
  • A number of municipalities will receive their “Municipalité amie des enfants” accreditation, and walks will be held in various communities in conjunction with the Carrefour action municipale et famille.
  • Activities will be organized by early childhood development partners, including public libraries and several First Nations communities.
  • The findings of a survey will be released: one led by Léger for the Early Childhood Observatory revealing what Quebecers expect of decision-makers with regard to young children and their families.

For the full Early Childhood Week program, go to

Early childhood development ambassadors

Early childhood development is an issue that concerns everyone in society. This third edition is fortunate to be able to count on the support of a number of people from diverse backgrounds who have agreed to serve as our ambassadors, namely:

  • Nathalie Bondil, Director and Chief Curator, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
  • Simon Boucher, Mayor of Sainte-Clotilde-de-Horton, MAE (Municipalité amie des enfants) Representative for MRC Arthabaska
  • Martin Damphousse, Mayor of Varennes and Chair of the Carrefour action municipale et famille
  • Martine Desjardins, Executive Director of Mouvement national des Québécoises et Québécois, and Columnist
  • Rosannie Filato, City Councillor for the Borough of Villeray and City of Montréal Executive Committee Member in Charge of Social and Community Development, Homelessness, Youth, the Condition of Women, and Sports and Recreation
  • Vincent Graton, Actor and Columnist
  • Marie Grégoire, Columnist and Publisher
  • Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal  
  • Elsie Lefebvre, Director of La Ruche Montréal and Former MNA
  • Monique Leroux, Former President of Desjardins Group, Chair of the Board of Investissement Québec
  • Myriam Nadeau, City Councillor for Gatineau
  • Olya Ovtchinnikova, 2008 Fencing Olympian and Program Manager, Athlete Marketing, Canadian Olympic Committee
  • Jean-François Parenteau, Mayor of Verdun
  • Ghislain Picard, Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief, Quebec/Labrador
  • Jean-Louis Roy, Chief Executive Officer, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec
  • Kim St-Pierre, Olympian (Hockey Goaltender), BOKS Regional Coordinator for Eastern Canada

“The general public, early childhood stakeholders and decision-makers alike are invited to join with us for Early Childhood Week. Backed by a strong group of ambassadors and allies from every sector of society, we are confident that this third edition will be an unprecedented show of support for early childhood. Let’s all join hand in hand for the little ones!” said Isabelle Lizée, Co-Chair of Early Childhood Week and Executive Director of Carrefour action municipale et famille.

Addressing vulnerability through early intervention
In Quebec, a little more than one child in four (27.7%, or close to 24,000 children) in kindergarten are identified as vulnerable in at least one of five areas of development, according to the Quebec Survey of Child Development in Kindergarten 2017. The conditions children grow up in can have direct repercussions on their health, development, academic success and their entire life path. It is vital to offer these adults of tomorrow what is best for them today so they can achieve their full potential. Globally, societies that invest in early childhood and families have the best levels of health.

In conjunction with Early Childhood Week, the Hand in Hand for the Little Ones campaign will be launched to raise public awareness about this reality and the importance of making early childhood a priority for society. People will also be encouraged to take concrete action, in particular by writing to their public officials.

About Early Childhood Week
Running from November 18 to 24, 2018, Early Childhood Week is an opportunity to share information and open up a dialogue about early childhood development, to shine the spotlight on local and regional initiatives designed to support young children and to reach out to the entire population. A number of activities and events will take place across the province throughout the week.

The Early Childhood Week Partner Committee consists of the Association des bibliothèques publiques du Québec, the Association des haltes-garderies communautaires du Québec, the Association québécoise des centres de la petite enfance, Avenir d’enfants, Carrefour action municipale et famille, the Community Health and Social Services Network / Réseau communautaire de santé et de services sociaux, the Conseil québécois des services éducatifs à la petite enfance, the Fédération des commissions scolaires du Québec, the Fédération québécoise des organismes communautaires Famille, First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission, the Instance de concertation régionale en petite enfance (Horizon 0-5), the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation (Observatoire des tout-petits, Naître et grandir), the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur, du ministère de la Famille, the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux, the Regroupement des centres d’amitié autochtones du Québec, the Réseau des Centres de ressources périnatales du Québec, the Réseau des instances régionales de concertation (IRC) sur la persévérance scolaire et la réussite éducative du Québec, the Réseau pour un Québec Famille and the Table de concertation nationale en promotion prévention.

About Hand in Hand for the Little Ones
Hand in Hand for the Little Ones champions early childhood development with the support of a number of engaged partners whose shared goal is to make early childhood a social priority for Quebec.

Today’s toddlers are tomorrow’s adults. Does this not qualify them as a group that warrants special attention by our society? It is important to take collective action, from conception onward, to provide the best possible conditions so that every child can thrive at every stage of their development. By starting early, we can help them realize their full potential and become well-rounded, engaged adults. By making sure all young children have the same chances, we will be building a more just, more dynamic, more enlightened and more prosperous society.

To learn more, go to

SOURCE La Grande semaine des tout-petits

For further information: Ariane Richard / Marie-Pier Kenney, Morin Relations Publiques, /, Office: 514-289-8688, ext. 241 / ext. 237, Mobile: 438-822-2845 / 514-757-8619; Josée Massicotte, Early Childhood Week Communications,, Office: 514-388-0169, Mobile: 514-915-0511


Supreme Court Decision: The Innu will not back down in their $900 million lawsuit against Rio Tinto (IOC)

UASHAT MAK MANI-UTENAM, QC, Nov. 15, 2018 – The Innu First Nations of Uashat mak Mani-utenam and Matimekush-Lac John are disappointed by today’s decision of the Supreme Court of Canada to agree to hear an appeal by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador on the issue of the jurisdiction of Quebec Courts in respect of the Innu’s $900 million lawsuit against Rio Tinto (IOC). After the Quebec Superior Court and the Quebec Court of Appeal had found in favor of the Innu on the issue, there will now be a hearing before the Supreme Court of Canada to determine whether Quebec Courts have jurisdiction over violations of the rights of the Innu caused by the mining operations of Rio Tinto (IOC) in Labrador.

“We remain convinced that our ability to obtain redress for violations of our rights by Rio Tinto (IOC) does not stop at provincial boundaries,” said Mike McKenzie, Chief of Uashat mak Mani-utenam. “This decision today reinforces our desire and determination to ensure that Rio Tinto (IOC) is forced to face up to its actions and the systematic violation of our rights over the past 70 years.”

This is the second time that a procedural matter in this landmark Innu lawsuit against Rio Tinto (IOC), filed in 2013, has reached the Supreme Court of Canada. Rio Tinto (IOC) suffered a loss the first time when it sought to have the Courts throw out the proceedings on the basis that the Innu should have sued the government rather than a private company.

“This constitutes yet another delay for our people who have been waiting for Rio Tinto (IOC), ever since it began operations here in 1950, to finally show us a measure of respect,” added Matimekush-Lac John Chief Tshani Ambroise. “The fact remains that Rio Tinto (IOC) continues to operate on our territory without our consent and that situation can no longer stand.”

For further information: Jean-Alexandre D’Etcheverry, NATIONAL, T 514-843-2369, C 514-910-1328,


Business Exchange Day Returns for a 15th Edition

The Secretariat to the Cree Nation Abitibi-Témiscamingue Economic Alliance is launching a new tool for developing partnerships between Native communities and the municipalities of Abitibi-Témiscamingue and the Eeyou Istchee Baie-James territory.

VAL-D’OR, QC, Nov. 14, 2018 – The Secretariat to the Cree Nation Abitibi-Témiscamingue Economic Alliance (the Secretariat) will be holding its 15th Business Exchange Day from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at the Hotel Forestel in Val-d’Or. The Secretariat will be taking this opportunity to launch its new tool, the Partnership Guide.

15th Business Exchange Day
Through planned meetings, this activity will allow business people from the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region to meet with representatives of the Cree Nation. More than 250 participants are expected to take part in over 700 business meetings.

The program for the 2018 event promises to be extremely interesting. Speakers will include figures such as Dr. Ted Moses, president of the Secretariat, and Pierre Corbeil, mayor of Val-d’Or. As usual, simultaneous translation will be provided.

To register or view the preliminary program, visit the event’s website. Follow the Secretariat on social media and interact with participants and stakeholders with the hashtag #ExchangeDay18.

The Partnership Guide, a critical tool for effective partnerships
To help foster partnerships between Indigenous communities and municipalities in the Eeyou Istchee Baie-James territory and the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region, the Secretariat is launching its new tool: the Partnership Guide. This tool will discuss the contexts surrounding internal and external partnerships in the Eeyou Istchee territory while highlighting the crucial role played by other Indigenous groups in the area. It also focuses on a mutual partnership model that companies can use to develop a fair and mutually-beneficial partnership.

“Through this guide, we hope to provide as much information as possible to highlight the partnership initiatives, contact information and starting points that are so crucial to project development.”

– Dr. Ted Moses, President, Secretariat to the Cree Nation Abitibi-Témiscamingue Economic Alliance

About the Secretariat
The Secretariat’s mission is to promote sustainable relations and socio-economic alliances between the Cree Nation (Eeyou Istchee), Jamésie, Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Nunavik regions in order to foster their harmonious development. To learn more about the Secretariat, visit

For further information: Chantal Hamelin, Director of Operations, Secretariat to the Cree Nation Abitibi-Témiscamingue Economic Alliance,


Sphinx and SOQUEM cut 21.2% zinc over 1 metre in new trenches; extending surface mineralization up to 1,500 m at the Calumet-Sud project, Quebec

Montréal, November 15, 2018 – Sphinx Resources Ltd. (“Sphinx” or the “Corporation”)
(TSX-V: SFX) and its partner SOQUEM are pleased to announce the results of channel sampling from 13 new trenches completed this fall, on the Calumet-Sud project, held in partnership with SOQUEM. These trenches extend up to 1,500 m north of the Sonny zone on the Calumet-Sud project (see Figure 1 attached). Grades greater than one percent, up to 21.2% Zn, were obtained in channel samples taken from thirteen (13) trenches. Sampling of the channels was conducted at 1-metre intervals, totalling 174 channel samples. These new discoveries include the following composite channel-sampled intervals: 8.14% Zn over 1.5 m (T-18-06), 6.61% Zn over 5.0 m (T-18-03) and 6.72% Zn over 1.0 m (T-18-05). It should be noted that the thicknesses reported in this release are apparent because they are influenced by the dip of the zinc-bearing layers and the plunge of folds (see figures 2 to 14 attached and photos for trenches T-13-03, T-18-04 et T-18-08). A concentration of zinc mineralization in isoclinal fold hinges is observed in several trenches. This type of concentration has been documented at the Balmat-Edwards mine.

Since the discovery of zinc mineralization at surface in 2014, the exploration work, including diamond drilling (24 holes totalling 1,525 m), revealed the presence of at least two zinc-bearing horizons (sphalerite). This mineralization is of the SEDEX-type (SEDimentary EXhalative, more than half of the world’s zinc and lead production is from this type of deposit). The zinc mineralization is defined by the presence of massive sphalerite bands ranging from one centimetre to several centimetres in thickness, as well as disseminated sphalerite, pyrite and pyrrhotite, all hosted in dolomitic marble. Geological mapping of sampled trenches suggests that zinc mineralization is continuous between them.

Located in the Pontiac regional municipal county of Quebec, the Calumet-Sud project is adjacent to the former New Calumet mines that produced 3.8 million metric tonnes of ore at a grade of 5.8% Zn, 1.6% Pb, 65 g/t Ag et 0.4 g/t Au from 1944 to 1968 (reference: Annual report New Calumet Mine 1968).

Next drilling campaign

A new diamond drilling campaign, of a minimum of 2,000 m is scheduled before the end of 2018. With this campaign Sphinx intends to validate the channel-sampled areas from the Sonny zone up to 1,500 m to the north.

Analytical protocol

The channel samples were analyzed by ALS in Val-d’Or, Quebec. The analytical process consisted of crushing, splitting and assaying using sodium peroxide digest finish with ICP- AES finish. Sphinx applies industry-standard QA/QC procedures to the program.

Qualified Persons

The 2018 fall trenching program was managed by Sphinx under the supervision of
Normand Champigny and under the field direction of Michel Gauthier, Ph.D. (géo., and Board member of the Corporation). Both are Qualified Persons under National Instrument 43-101. This press release was prepared by Normand Champigny, Qualified Person for Sphinx.


SOQUEM, a subsidiary of Ressources Québec, is a leading player in mineral exploration in Québec. Its mission is to explore, discover and develop mining properties in Québec. SOQUEM has participated in more than 350 exploration projects and contributed to major discoveries of gold, diamonds, lithium and other minerals.

About Québec and Sphinx

Quebec has established itself as one of the world’s most attractive mining jurisdictions, ranking 6thglobally (Fraser Institute press release, February 22 2018). The Quebec government has created market confidence by following a proactive approach to mining policy. Quebec’s mining sector has also been encouraged by the clarity and certainty of the legal and regulatory framework adopted by its government. Sphinx is engaged in the generation and acquisition of exploration projects in Québec with a focus on zinc.

For further information, please consult Sphinx’s website or contact:

Normand Champigny
President and Chief Executive Officer


Arianne Phosphate Reports Corporate and Financial Results for Third Quarter 2018

SAGUENAY, QUEBEC – (November 14 2018) – Arianne Phosphate (the “Company” or “Arianne”) (TSX VENTURE: DAN; OTC: DRRSF; FRANKFURT: JE9N), a development-stage phosphate mining company, advancing the Lac à Paul project in Quebec’s Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region, reported its financial results for the three-month and nine-month period ended September 30, 2018. All amounts are in Canadian dollars unless noted.

“Arianne had a strong and productive quarter,” said Brian Ostroff, CEO of Arianne Phosphate. “Over the most recent quarter, we have made progress on several initiatives that we believe are key to getting our project financed.  The signing of our first commercial offtake, the advancement of our exploratory work surrounding a potential phosphoric acid plant and, most recently, the Port of Saguenay’s receipt of its permit to allow for a maritime facility on the north shore have all signaled that things are moving in the right direction for Arianne.  In the coming months we hope to continue to hit the milestones necessary to begin the development of our Lac à Paul deposit and unlock its value for investors and stakeholders.”

Q3 2018 Financial and Operational Highlights

  • In September 2018, the Company announced the formal execution of its first offtake agreement.  Under the terms of the Agreement, the buyer has entered into a long-term contract to purchase Arianne’s high-purity phosphate concentrate which, will be shipped to the buyer’s processing plant for further processing into downstream phosphate products.  The offtake agreement also has a mechanism whereby it can be extended beyond the initial contract period and applies pricing that accounts for the high quality of Arianne’s concentrate.
  • In August 2018, the Company announced the appointment of Mr. Claude Lafleur, agr, to the Company’s Board of Directors. In conjunction with Mr. Lafleur’s appointment to the Board, he has been granted 200,000 stock options.
  • In August 2018, the Company announced that it has partnered with the Province of New Brunswick to further its review of constructing a phosphoric acid plant in Belledune, New Brunswick.  As part of this agreement, the Government, through Opportunities New Brunswick (“ONB”), will provide a financial contribution toward the cost of a prefeasibility study, the next step in Arianne’s assessment of its downstream opportunity.
  • In August 2018, the Company announced it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) for the supply of sulphuric acid. Aside from phosphate rock, a phosphoric acid plant would also require a supply of sulphuric acid that could be consistently delivered in timely fashion. It is on this basis that Arianne has entered into an MoU with a large marketer of sulphuric acid.  This agreement will allow the Company to work with a strong industry player that can provide the venture ongoing guidance on sulfuric acid pricing, logistics and industry supply/demand trends; all necessary aspects in determining the project’s viability.
  • In July 2018, the Company announced that Arianne shareholders have reelected Messrs. Dominique Bouchard, Brian Ostroff, James Cowley, David DeBiasio, Marco Gagnon, Siva Pillay and Steven Pinney as directors of the Company during the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of the Company held on July 10, 2018 in Montreal.

Highlights Subsequent to Quarter-End

  • In October 2018, the Company announced that the Port of Saguenay received a favorable decision with regards to the construction of a maritime terminal facility on the north shore of the Saguenay River.  Granted by the Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, the Honorable Catherine McKenna, this decision now paves the way forward for the construction of a terminal that will allow for the shipping of Arianne’s phosphate concentrate to customers around the world.
  • In October 2018, the Company announced its association with the Saguenay Lac St-Jean Regional Economic Benefits Maximization Committee (CMAX) (referring to 02 Economic Development (02 ED)).  CMAX is a tool that was put in place to maximize the benefits of large projects. Arianne will benefit from the regional expertise of this group and have access to the expertise of some 2000 Saguenay Lac St-Jean companies.

Financial Summary
Arianne is a development-stage company and, as such, did not generate revenue or positive cash flow in Q3 2018. In the third quarter ended September 30, 2018, the Company incurred net losses of $0.5 for the three-month period and $1.4M for the nine-month period. This compares to a net loss of $0.7M for the three-months and $2.2M for the nine-months period in the comparable periods of 2017.

At September 30, 2018, the Company had $0.9M cash on hand. These funds will be allocated towards general working capital and advancing development of Lac à Paul in 2018. Based on current spending estimates for future project development, Arianne will need additional in the next 12 months.

Through the rest of 2018, Arianne will be focused on the ongoing advancement and development of its Lac à Paul project. Expected milestones include:

  • Secure financing for construction and development of the Lac à Paul project;
  • Continue optimization of the Lac à Paul project including reducing cash operating production costs and capital expenses;
  • Sign an “Impact and Benefit Agreement (IBA)” with the First Nations.

Arianne’s Management Discussion and Analysis and condensed consolidated interim financial statements for the three month period ended September 30, 2018 are available on the Company’s website and on SEDAR at

Qualified Person
Jean-Sébastien David, P.Geo., Qualified Person by NI 43-101, has approved this release. Mr. David is also the Company’s Chief Operating Officer.

About Arianne Phosphate
Arianne Phosphate (“Arianne Phosphate Inc.”) ( is developing the Lac à Paul phosphate deposits located approximately 200 km north of the Saguenay/Lac St. Jean area of Quebec, Canada. These deposits will produce a high quality igneous apatite concentrate grading 39% P2O5 with little or no contaminants (Feasibility Study released in 2013). The Company has 105,803,943 million shares outstanding.
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Contact Information:
Source: Jean-Sébastien David, C.O.O. Tel. : 418-549-7316
Info:  Brian Ostroff, C.E.O. Tel. : 514-908-4202


Montreal’s Indigenous community gets funding to support language revitalization – CBC

‘They’ll be able to connect with somebody, have a basic level of speaking and be proud of their language’

Nov 15, 2018

Learning Kanien’kéha over the past two and a half years has been a way for Amanda Ibarra to reconnect with her Mohawk roots.

She grew up off reserve from her grandmother’s community of Kahnawake, Que.

“I feel like I am bringing back something that was lost,” she said.

The 26-year-old is one of 150 students taking free language classes at Native Montreal, a not-for-profit organization serving Indigenous people in the city.

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Government of Canada supports Indigenous languages in Quebec

From: Canadian Heritage

Kahnawake, Quebec, November 14, 2018

Marc Miller, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, announced today that the Government of Canada is providing $275,558 to the Kahnawake Iakwahwatsiratátie Language Nest, over two years, to preserve and promote the Mohawk language. Mr. Miller made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism.

The funding was provided through the Aboriginal Languages ​​Initiative and will enable the Iakwahwatsiratátie Language Nest to offer 1,700 hours of Mohawk language courses to 48 participants in the community through the use of language and cultural activities.

The Iakwahwatsiratátie Language Nest is a non-profit organization mandated to take immediate action to address the loss of Mohawk as a first language. The goal is to teach Mohawk to parents and children in a natural learning environment so they can adopt it as their first language.


“No relationship is more important to our government than the one with Indigenous people. The preservation, promotion and revitalization of Indigenous languages are essential components of reconciliation. I take pride in today’s announcement, as the funds will be used to consolidate efforts to preserve Indigenous languages in Quebec.”

– The Honorable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism

“Indigenous languages are an integral part of the Indigenous identity and Canada’s cultural identity. We are pleased to support the efforts of the Iakwahwatsiratátie Language Nest to preserve and promote the Mohawk language.”

– Mr. Marc Miller, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

“The parents, children and staff of the Iakwahwatsiratátie Language Nest are very pleased to receive help through the Aboriginal Languages Initiative. This funding will allow us to continue our very important work of helping families learn Kanien’keha and continue to be an integral part of the growing community effort to keep Kanien’keha alive for generations to come. Niawenhkó: wa.”

– Ms. Karihwakátste Cara Deer, Coordinator, Iakwahwatsiratátie Language Nest

Quick facts

  • UNESCO designated three-quarters of Canada’s 90 Indigenous living languages as “endangered.” UNESCO also found that there are no Indigenous languages in the “safe” languages category.
  • In 2016, only 15.6% of Indigenous people could converse in an Indigenous language, compared to 17% of Indigenous people in 2011 and 21% in 2006. Of those overall numbers, 21% of First Nations people, 64% of Inuit and 2% of Métis could converse in an Indigenous language.
  • In 2016, only 12.5% of Indigenous people declared their mother tongue was an Indigenous language, compared to 14.5% in 2011.
  • In 2016, 13.3% of Indigenous people declared that they spoke an Indigenous language at home, either most of the time or on a regular basis.
  • In the 2017 budget, the Government of Canada invested $89.9 million over three years to preserve, promote and revitalize Indigenous languages and culture.
  • The Aboriginal Languages Initiative (ALI) supports the preservation, promotion and revitalization of First Nations, Métis and Inuit languages through community projects and activities that include the publication of documents in Indigenous languages, Indigenous language courses and the development of Indigenous language preservation strategies.

Associated links


For further information (media only), please contact:

Simon Ross
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage


Starting November 15, 2018 – Grand Reopening of the Gérard-Morisset Pavilion at the MNBAQ

QUÉBEC CITY, Nov. 14, 2018  – To mark the grand finale of its 85th anniversary celebrations, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) will reopen the Gérard Morisset Pavilion. In the wake of a highly successful revitalization that has made the building dating from 1933 more beautiful and luminous than ever, it will open to the public on November 15, 2018 to present three new exhibitions: 350 Years of Artistic Practices in Québec, White Mirage and Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? The exhibitions are presented in the seven exhibition rooms of the original pavilion, which now harmonizes with the overall MNBAQ museum complex. They reflect the major reorganization of the museum’s collections of ancient and modern art and its recent acquisitions.

Left to right: Zacharie Vincent, Zacharie Vincent et son fils Cyprien, 1852-1853. Huile sur toile, 48,5 x 41,2 cm. Collection du Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. Achat (1947.156) Photo : MNBAQ, Patrick Altman //
Marie-Claire Blais, Brûler les yeux fermés, s_11, 2012. Peinture acrylique en aérosol sur toile, 152 x 114,5 cm. Collection du Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, achat pour la collection Prêt d’oeuvres d’art du Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (CP.2013.67) © Marie-Claire Blais Crédit photo : MNBAQ, Denis Legendre //
Charles Alexander, L’Assemblée des six comtés à Saint-Charles-sur-Richelieu, en 1837. Huile sur toile, 300,8 x 691,3 cm. Acquisition vers 1930 et transfert de l’hôtel du Parlement en 1937. Restauration effectuée par le Centre de conservation du Quebec grâce à une contribution des Amis du Musée national des beaux-arts du Quebec (1937.54) Photo : MNBAQ, Jean-Guy Kérouac //
Lacasse, François, Grandes Pulsions VII, 2008. Acrylique et encre sur toile, 190,5 x 152,7 cm. Collection du Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, don de l’artiste (2017.279) © François Lacasse Crédit photo : MNBAQ, Idra Labrie //
Ludger Larose, La Serre, 1910. Huile sur toile, 125 x 87 cm. Collection du Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. Don de Marcel Larose. Restauration effectuée par le Centre de conservation du Québec (1963.78). Photo : MNBAQ, Idra Labrie

Teams from the MNBAQ have been at work for months to orchestrate an artistic panorama from the 17th century to the present encompassing nearly 700 paintings, sculptures, works by silversmiths and goldsmiths and furnishings, graphic art works and photographs, of which more than 400 have never been exhibited, celebrating more than 250 Québec artists. The exhibition showcases Québec art as you have never before seen it.

350 Years of Artistic Practices in Québec

A fresh look at the collections of ancient and modern art

The exhibition 350 Years of Artistic Practices in Québec stems from deep-seated reflection on the national collection and reflects changes in museology and contemporary society’s perception of its heritage. It proposes a bold panorama of the history of visual culture, from the period of New France to 1960s counterculture, through five key themes: Believe, Become, Imagine, Feel and Claim.

The exhibition occupies five of the seven exhibition rooms in the Gérard Morisset Pavilion. It highlights the individuals who have shaped the history of Québec art, the careers of women and men who have moulded contemporary Québec, from copyists to Les Automatistes, the beginnings of the market to the profusion of artistic currents. This major reorganization proposes a fresh perspective of several distinctive and sometimes little-known works from the MNBAQ’s collections.

A renewed layout and creative, diversified reliance on mediation round out the multidimensional experience of this outstanding overview of the history of Québec art, in which emotions will be accorded a special place.

A spectacular installation

The MNBAQ design team has brilliantly addressed a daunting challenge, that of organizing the space in the exhibition rooms of the 350 Years of Artistic Practices in Québec exhibition. To reflect the continuity of the design of the exhibition rooms of the collection in the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion, they adopted an uncluttered, ethereal style that emphasizes white, blond wood, metal elements and glass. In the exhibition room devoted to the theme “Believe,” the notion of anamorphosis, of the fragmented church, might surprise some visitors with the impressive suspension of sculptures, which make more visible than ever the elements normally hidden from view, either the bottoms of the works, breakage, changes and restorations.

Sophisticated hanging systems on glass panels in the exhibition room devoted to the theme “Become” allow paintings to be placed at eye level. In this way, visitors will have the impression that they are strolling among the inhabitants of different periods and origins. The gigantic paintings in the exhibition room devoted to the theme “Imagine” are striking indeed. The judicious use of carpets and the enhancement of the furnishings in this exhibition room also contribute to the pleasure of discovering the different areas. In the exhibition room devoted to the theme “Feel,” the experience of landscapes expresses itself from season to season through a path that successively reveals the lights, colours and pictorial touches of the masterpieces from the collection. Numerous glass walls in the exhibition room devoted to the theme “Claim” offer visitors glimpses of all of the areas, in keeping with the two windows newly opened in the room, which reveal an urban landscapes and afford an unrestricted view of the river. Windows in all of the rooms highlight the works on paper that illuminate as visitors pass by. The numerous drawings, prints and photographs will be rotated regularly, thus ensuring the ongoing renewal of the national collection.

White Mirage

“My country is not a country, it’s winter” poet Gilles Vigneault sang with conviction. Whether we love, detest or fantasize about it, the season that is the key to the Québec identity does not inspire writers alone. Indeed, it is the focus of a new exhibition presented at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) in conjunction with the reopening of the Gérard Morisset Pavilion. From November 15, 2018 to May 12, 2019, White Mirage, which is part of the major reorganization of the collections of ancient and modern art and the MNBAQ’s recent acquisitions presented in the ground floor exhibition rooms, assembles more than 70 works from the national collection produced by more than 40 artists. The assembled works are from different periods and encompass paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures, ceramics and glass and evoke northern environments or delight visitors through their evocative power.

Micheline Beauchemin’s Mirage blanc

The exhibition opens with a strikingly beautiful textile creation. Mirage blanc is the lyrical title of a work by Micheline Beauchemin, a tapestry that the artist produced in the wake of a lengthy stay on Baffin Island in Nunavut. The blue monochrome and the mother-of-pearl threads used for the weaving recall the sparkling light on the frozen expanses of the Far North.

Exhibition highlights

Whether they are poetic, historical or humorous, all of the works in the White Mirage exhibition evoke winter. The photographs of Montminy & Cie, including Le Raquetteur (1894), will delight visitors, who will appreciate the beauty of painter Edmund Willoughby’s Iceberg dans le détroit de Belle Isle (1875), or the strength emanating from Manasie Akpaliapik’s Sedna, déesse de la mer (2000). Other exhibition highlights include François Lacasse’s fascinating work Grandes pulsions I (2007), B.r.e.e.z.e., Susan Edgerly’s remarkable wall-mounted sculpture comprising disks of glass and paper evoking frost and ice, and Pascal Grandmaison’s spectacular installation Desperate Island (2010).

A space to speak out on winter

As they visit the exhibition, visitors can appreciate a vox pop that assembles testimony from individuals of all ages and backgrounds questioned about their relationship with winter. The participants shared their recollections and impressions of the Québec winter, which inhabits our landscapes, defines our ways of life and enlivens our imaginative universe. Winter can be synonymous with pleasure, adversity or discovery, whether we have lived through several winters or are encountering our first one.

An enveloping space has been set aside to enable visitors to express their personal experience of winter. Cards are available on which they can record their stories and impressions, to be deposited in a box. MNBAQ staff will collect the cards and, over time, display the participants’ impressions, stories and words on the walls of the exhibition rooms. They will create a vast mosaic of murmurs that illustrate our collective imagination.

Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?

In the wake of the celebrations marking the reopening of the Gérard Morisset Pavilion, in conjunction with the reorganization of the collections of ancient and modern art and its new acquisitions, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) is proud to present the Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? exhibition, which bears the title of a powerful work by Jean McEwen that engages in timeless questioning on identity. From November 15, 2018 to November 12, 2019, visitors can discover more than 40 works, all recent acquisitions of the MNBAQ, produced by nearly 30 artists from varied backgrounds, who express our stratified identity and in respect of which there persists a fundamental question: Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?

The exhibition bears the title of McEwen’s work

Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? evocatively poses universal questioning on identity. The exhibition’s title, quoting a celebrated painting by Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), is a major work by artist Jean McEwen, whose questioning from the perspective of “we” encourages us to revisit our origins and collective histories. It is important that history, formerly drafted by a dominating hand, hears, acknowledges and records at a time of post-colonial reflection the memory of these who experienced this ascendancy.

Art is a vital witness of the times

Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? comprises recent acquisitions of the MNBAQ and appears as an upheaval. Through their evocative power, the works transport, disturb or impassion viewers. Assembled here, they underpin contemporary demands. The exhibition proposes a return to certain moments in our history, its scars and grey areas linked to the past and to the present. Such reflections are essential to define ourselves, assemble and unite such that the “we” in question becomes imbued with diversity and thereby corresponds to an open societal project based on a desire for change.

The reorganization of the MNBAQ’s collections of ancient and modern art reveals that the collections have developed in symbiosis with Québec’s traditional history, leaving little place for works by women, the Aboriginal peoples and culturally diverse artists. The MNBAQ is playing a key role in recording Québec’s visual memory. Québec must constantly question its relationship with history, review it and examine its margins to highlight what has, since its foundation, escaped its notice or been dismissed because of bias. Through this exhibition and future acquisitions, the MNBAQ is committing itself to openness and inclusion.

Three key themes and their seminal works

The exhibition hinges on three powerful themes. Among the seminal works that brilliantly illustrate the first theme, “Break with Québec’s colonial history — Hear and record the memory of those who experienced it,” mention must be made of Jean McEwen’s major work Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going, after which the exhibition is named, and Juno I, II et III (2017), sculptures by Caroline Monnet.

At the heart of the exhibition, the theme “The wounds stemming from this history – How to collectively rebuild our lives,” is powerfully expressed by Massimo Guerrera’s creation À mots perdus (1990), Andrew Dutkewych’s It’s Difficult to Say (1992), and Mike Patten’s Native Beating (2011).

The third theme, more closely linked to current affairs, “Right-wing populism, popular anxiety and identity,” is reflected in Dominique Blains’ Locum Sanctum (1995), Milutin Gubash’s sculptures A Doll 1 and A Doll 2 (2015), and Alfred Halassa’s powerful series of posters entitled Du totalitarisme à la démocratie (2009).

The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec is a state corporation funded by the Gouvernement du Québec.

350 Years of Artistic Practices in Q Québec
Beginning November 15, 2018

White Mirage
November 15, 2018 to May 12, 2019

Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?
November 15, 2018 to November 12, 2019

Gérard-Morisset Pavilion of the MNBAQ


New federal investment will help improve women’s economic security in Québec’s Outaouais region

Project will improve women’s access to well-paying jobs in the automotive sector

November 14, 2018 – Gatineau, Québec – Status of Women Canada

The Government of Canada is committed to advancing gender equality and understands the important role that creating more opportunities for women in all aspects of Canadian life can play in promoting women’s empowerment. By investing in projects that improve women’s economic security, we are helping to ensure that women, their families and communities can prosper.

Steven MacKinnon, Member of Parliament for Gatineau and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, on behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, today announced federal funding for a project that will improve women’s access to well-paying jobs in the automotive sector.

Québec’s automotive sector is having difficulty filling stable, well-paying positions. One of the solutions is to change workplace culture and attract more women to the profession. Option Femmes Emploi will receive $274,285 in funding for a 36-month project entitled Women’s access to the automotive sector which seeks to increase women’s economic security through increased participation and retention in the automotive industry by improving the work environment in the sector.

The organization will work to identify the biggest barriers and gaps to women’s recruitment and retention in the sector. The project will establish an advisory committee composed of local women, businesses, community organizations and unions, and seek to develop a regional action plan to train businesses in the Outaouais on best practices in an effort to create more inclusive work places in the automotive sector.

Women continue to be disproportionately affected by economic insecurity. In 2015, women in Canada earned just 87 cents for every dollar earned by men. They are also much more likely to work on a part-time basis, making up 76% of all part-time workers, with 25% of women reporting childcare responsibilities as their reason for working part-time.

In October 2017, Status of Women Canada invited organizations to propose projects that support women’s economic security across Canada by addressing some of the root causes of inequality, including barriers such as access to childcare, unequal pay and the gender wage gap. Through this call for proposals, entitled Support for Women’s Economic Security, more than 30 projects have been approved for a total of $10 million in funding. These projects will unfold over a period of three years, and funding builds on our ongoing efforts to support women’s economic empowerment and advance gender equality for all Canadians.


“Our government knows that when we invest in women, we strengthen the economy for everyone, and that’s why these projects are so important: they are creating the right conditions for women to thrive in their careers – and their lives. By funding organizations like Option Femmes Emploi that work to eliminate the barriers holding women back, we are ensuring that all Canadians – regardless of gender – have a real and fair chance at success.”

The Honourable Maryam Monsef, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Status of Women

“Option Femmes Emploi has been working with women in the Outaouais region for over 20 years. The organization has developed a unique expertise and makes a difference in the lives of many women. These results reflect the exceptional leadership shown by Option Femmes Emploi and its innovative approach. This financial support is a testament to our government’s commitment to supporting gender equality and gender balance in non-traditional trades.”

Steven MacKinnon
Member of Parliament for Gatineau
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility

“We are grateful to Status of Women Canada for supporting this project that aims to increase economic opportunities for women in the automotive industry. We will work with a number of industry partners in order to help women in the Outaouais region succeed and prosper in these quality jobs.”

Martine Plourde, Executive Manager
Option Femmes Emploi

Quick facts

  • McKinsey Global Institute estimates that by taking steps to advance equality for women—such as employing more women in technology and boosting women’s participation in the workforce—Canada could add $150 billion to its economy by 2026.
  • Economic security is composed of basic social security, defined by access to basic needs such as health, education and housing.
  • The Women’s Program at Status of Women Canada supports eligible organizations to carry out projects to advance equality by addressing systemic barriers.

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Communications Officer
Status of Women Canada


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