Who We Are
The Eastern Townships Resource Centre (ETRC) is a resource centre for the study of the Eastern Townships with a special focus on the English-speaking community. The ETRC was originally founded in 1982 by faculty members at Bishop’s University to further multidisciplinary research on the Eastern Townships through funding regional and community-based research projects, disseminating scholarly work in its own journal-Journal of the Eastern Townships Studies/Revue d’études des Cantons-de-l’Est (JETS/RECE), holding conferences and speaker forums, preserving archival collections and organizing exhibitions. Its original name Eastern Townships Research Centre reflected this academic oriented focus.
Since 1991, the greatest number of immigrants in Sherbrooke originates from Former Yugoslavia, Colombia, France, China and Afghanistan.
To learn more: Corriveau, A.-M., La Rougery, J.-Y., L’accueil et l’intégration des personnes immigrantes : l’expérience sherbrookoise, in JETS 29-30, pp. 66-77.
Ex-Administrative Director of ETRC and frequent researcher in the Archives Department of ETRC
Created in the 1980's by a group of Bishops' University Faculty, the Eastern Townships Research Centre has now become the Eastern Townships Resource Centre. This new designation is not without meaning for, historically, it confirms that research and resource have always coexisted in the vision and objectives of the Centre. In fact, from its inception, the Centre has been an important partner for several of the Townships anglophone associations. In first instance, the historical societies, who have regularly welcomed many speakers associated with ETRC and have benefited from their enlightened contribution. As well, several anglophone associations, such as the Townshippers, have been able to prevail, in an on-going basis, of the many services offered by the Centre. Lastly, the numerous conferences and colloquiums organized by the Centre have shed a new light on issues related to demography, health, social services, transportation, and several other topics crucial to the population of the Eastern Townships.
Hence, the new name of ETRC is very appropriate for it confirms the role that the Centre has always played, a place of resource for the study of the Eastern Townships of Quebec, a vocation that is becoming more and more important nowadays.