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Questions Emerge About Métis Artist Funding in Quebec – Canadian Art

by ahnationtalk on April 17, 2019156 Views

Quebec’s arts council doesn’t accept Métis artists in its Recognition Program for Indigenous People—and says it’s because of provincial government guidelines

Serious questions have emerged this month about equity for Métis artists in Quebec.

In early April, Melanie Lefebvre, a Montreal-based Métis artist, became aware that the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec was not accepting applications from Métis artists in its new Recognition Program for Indigenous People.

“Under this program the Métis Nation is not recognized, even though Métis are recognized as Indigenous peoples under Section 35 of the Canadian Constitution,” Lefebvre tells Canadian Art via email.

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