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Cultural development in Nord-du-Québec

Minister Line Beauchamp grants $435,000 for the renewal of a three-year agreement with the Cree Regional Authority

Québec City, April 19, 2006—The Minister of Culture and Communications and Minister for the Montréal region, Ms. Line Beauchamp, is pleased to announce funding in the amount of $435,000 to renew a three-year cultural development agreement with the Cree Regional Authority (CRA), which coordinates cultural services in Nord-du-Québec. This sum has been granted under the support program for regional and local cultural development.

“In a land as vast and diversified as Nord-du-Québec, an agreement like this is of particular importance because it provides a solution tailored to the specific needs of the Cree communities. With our partners, we are committed to preserving the culture that distinguishes these communities. We also hope to facilitate the work of cultural stakeholders to develop and coordinate tools that are adapted as much as possible to the situation in the north,” stated Minister Beauchamp.

“The Cree culture is rich, alive, and diversified and contributes not only to the quality of life in this country but also to its economic and social development. The signing of this agreement will also aid the development of Cree culture among young artists,” rejoiced the Minister for Native Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Kelley.

This collaboration between Ministère de la Culture et des Communications and CRA will benefit 14,000 Cree in nine localities. The agreement’s action plan is designed to support and train cultural officers and offer a professional framework to coordinate cultural contributions in the areas of the arts, heritage, language, cultural facilities, and archaeology. The agreement also provides for the development of Cree cultural content on community radio and the Internet.

For example, the 2002–2005 agreement enabled some 20 Cree cultural coordinators to develop their skills in museology and archaeology at structured meetings in various Amerindian museums. Other projects spurred significant interaction between young people participating in archaeological digs and older adults from a number of Cree communities. Using found objects and sites visited, the older generation was able to share its knowledge in the pure tradition of oral transmission and tell stories about the life their ancestors led in the James Bay area.

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