Upon the invitation of Quebec’s Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine (MCCCF) earlier this year, on March 24, 2011, representatives of QAHN presented an eloquent statement of position on Bill 82, the province’s proposed new heritage law. Representing QAHN at this important “consultation générale” were QAHN 2nd Vice-president Simon Jacobs, QAHN's then Executive director Dwane Wilkin and QAHN's former Executive director Charles Bury.
In their presentation, the QAHN delegation asserted the following:
While Quebec’s English-speaking communities have a long and firmly rooted presence in the province, the vitality of the community is under threat. The Canadian Senate’s recent report and other data have put to rest many of the myths regarding the Anglophone population of the province;
It is the wish of English-speaking Quebecers that their points of view be included in all Quebec government planning and policies pertaining to heritage. To give substance to this wish, QAHN asks that at least one representative of the English-speaking community be appointed to the proposed Conseil du patrimoine culturel du Québec (Quebec Heritage Council), which will replace the current Commission sur les biens culturels (Cultural Properties Commission).
A resolution supporting the above was subsequently passed by a unanimous vote of delegates attending QAHN's 2011 Annual General Assembly, which took place at the Morrin Centre in Quebec City on June 18, 2011. This resolution has been forwarded to the Premier's office.
To view the entire QAHN presentation, click here: