Culture helps bridge linguistic divide

The Gazette, Catheryne Solyom

MONTREAL – Call it the Arcade Fire effect – the idea that a band made up of two transplanted Texans, a woman of Haitian origin and four musicians from the Rest of Canada can be embraced by anglophone and francophone Quebecers alike as one of their own, a symbol of Quebec culture to be proud of.

(Two days after the band won the 2011 Grammy for the best album of the year, even the National Assembly approved a motion saluting “the contribution of our francophone and anglophone artists in spreading our culture on the international stage.” )

For Guy Rodgers, the executive director of ELAN – the English Language Arts Network, the AF effect speaks to the vitality of English-lguage culture in Quebec, and the increasing, if uneasy, acceptance of it by the francophone majority.

Rodgers, a speaker at a forum for the English-speaking community held over the weekend in Montreal, said anglophone culture in Quebec had provided more success stories, with more prize-winning writers, musicians and filmmakers bridging the linguistic divide in the last few years than in the last few decades.

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Editorial: Meeting the needs of English-speaking seniors

The Gazette

It is encouraging to see that a provincial government often rightly accused of taking near-blanket electoral support from anglophones for granted has come across with funding for a major initiative in aid of English-speaking seniors.

The minister responsible for seniors, Marguerite Blais, announced on the weekend that the Quebec Community Groups Network will be granted just shy of $275,000 to fund a three-year research undertaking that is projected to lead to the establishment of a provincewide advocacy network for anglophone seniors.

Such a group has been under discussion and its need evident for some time. French-speaking seniors outside Quebec already benefit from such an organization in the form of the Fédération des aînées et aînés francophones du Canada.

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Anglophone seniors seek a voice in Quebec Three-year research project: Community groups to split $5.8 million

Linda Gyulai, The Gazette

Quebec’s minister responsible for seniors, Marguerite Blais, announced Sunday that 73 community-based projects aimed at helping seniors become autonomous will split $5.8 million in Quebec government funding. Photograph by: Dave Sidaway , Gazette file photo MONTREAL – Quebec seniors need services and support to help them stay active and remain at home, and, if they’re English-speaking older Quebecers, they also need a voice in this province. That’s the premise of the Quebec Community Groups Network, an umbrella group of English-speaking community organizations that serve all age groups in the province. It will embark on a three-year research project to identify problems that inhibit access to government services, continuing education, housing, leisure activities and other types of services for Quebec’s 132,485 English-speakers over the age of 65.

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QCGN offices moving soon


Quebec contest encourages youth to share heritage on film: Contest open to English speakers across the province

Nunatiaq News

A Quebec community organization is calling on English-speaking high school students in the province to share their heritage on film.

The Quebec Community Groups Network, which represents English-speaking groups across the province, has teamed up with CBC to sponsor a video contest to learn about the history and heritage youth across Quebec.

The My Quebec Roots Video Contest aims to highlight the stories of English-speaking communities across the province through pictures, sound and spoken word, while exploring communities’ traditions through family elders and oral history.

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My Quebec Roots Video Contest Goes Live!

The Quebec Community Groups Network has teamed up with the CBC, the English-Language Arts Network, the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network, and the Quebec English School Boards Association to create a video contest designed to highlight the vibrant stories of English-speaking Quebec.  After promoting the contest in local high schools throughout the province and among English-speaking community groups, the CBC website is now live.  To upload your video, or to vote for your favourite, go to  For contest details, go to

We invite you to spread the word!

QCGN Holiday Schedule

Please note that the Quebec Community Groups Network offices will be closed starting December 24, 2011. We will be back to work January 3,  2012.  

« À la limite du mépris » — Le député Yves-François Blanchet

Journal de Québec, Jean-Nicolas Blanchet

Si les groupes de soutien des communautés anglophones estiment injustifiée l’attitude des protestataires à propos de l’embauche d’un entraîneur unilingue anglophone à Montréal, l’organisation du Canadien a continué de recevoir son lot de critiques, dimanche.

L’entraîneur du Canadien par intérim, Randy Cunneyworth Porte-parole de l’opposition en matière de langue, d’immigration et de communautés culturelles, le député péquiste Yves-François Blanchet juge que le Canadien se fiche carrément de ses partisans puisqu’il est en situation de monopole.

Directeur général au groupe Voice of English Quebec, affilié au réseau de soutien aux groupes anglophones Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), Jean-Sébastien Jolin-Gignac se montrait mal à l’aise avec la vague de mécontentement suscité par l’embauche de Randy Cunneyworth.

« On vit dans un monde basé sur des résultats. Si le Canadien gagne la coupe Stanley, les gens vont s’en ficher qu’il ne parle pas français, indique celui qui rappelle que tous ses membres sont invités à apprendre le français. C’est la première chose qu’on leur dit. Et demandez à tous les anglophones si le nouvel entraîneur doit apprendre le français. Ils vont dire oui, c’est sûr, c’est juste normal, c’est le Canadien. » « Je pense qu’on a fait un peu trop de vagues. Engager quelqu’un qui ne parle pas français, ce n’est pas l’idéal, mais s’il dit qu’il veut l’apprendre, ce n’est pas problématique », conclut-il.

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QCGN supports review on language of work in federal regulated workplaces

For Immediate Release

Montreal, November 25, 2011 – The Quebec Community Groups Network supports the Government of Canada’s creation of a consultative committee to review the situation regarding language of work in federally regulated businesses in Quebec. 

Industry Minister Christian Paradis this week announced the consultative committee will seek the views of stakeholders to examine whether employees of federally regulated businesses in Quebec are fully able to work in French.  The QCGN notes the Government of Canada’s obligations to both official languages, and believes the committee’s work should not be geographically limited.

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Media Coverage – Show us your roots: CBC Quebec and Quebec Community Groups Network Launch Video Contest for English-Speaking High School Students

The Gaspe Spec

November 17, 2011 – CBC has teamed up with the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) and community groups in Quebec to sponsor a video contest that encourages English-speaking high school students to discover the history and heritage of their families and communities.

”As the country’s public broadcaster, CBC is committed to connecting people and telling their stories, ” said Pia Marquard, managing director at CBC Quebec. ”Our history and traditions are incredibly rich here. I’m looking forward to seeing the videos these students produce.”

Co-sponsored by the English-Language Arts Network (ELAN), the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN) and the Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA), the ‘My Quebec Roots’ video contest is designed to highlight the vibrant stories of their communities through pictures, sound and spoken word, exploring their past through the traditions of oral history and recording the stories of their community and family elders. 

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