Quebec will invest $950,000 in a museum exhibit on the French language

The Government of Quebec will grant $950,000 to the Pointe-à-Callière Museum of Archeology and History in Montreal for the creation of an exhibition on the French language.

According to a press release, the exhibition will trace the history of the French language in Montreal and Quebec and the events that led to the creation of Bill 101, which declared French the official language of the province at the end of the 1970s.

The display should be ready by summer 2023.

“This collaboration demonstrates the government’s desire to give French back the place it deserves in Quebec,” said French Language Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette in a press release.

Language is a hot topic in Quebec right now. In May, the province passed the controversial Language Bill 96, which aims to reinforce the principles set out in Bill 101.

The $950,000 comes from investments of $104 million in the French language over five years, the statement said.

Culture Minister Nathalie Roy said the exhibition is an opportunity to “show the French language through history”.

“I invite Quebecers to let themselves be carried away by the beauty of our language and, by extension, of our culture,” she said.

The exhibition will be presented at the cultural space Georges-Émile-Lapalme of Place des Arts.

James C. Tibbs