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New grant for the ETRC

It is with great pleasure that we inform you that the Eastern Townships Resource Centre has received a grant of $42,656 from Canadian Heritage.

The English-speaking community of our region has a rich history, and the Eastern Townships Resource Centre does an outstanding job of highlighting it. I am delighted that the ETRC will benefit from Canadian Heritage’s support so that more curious people can learn about our cultural heritage.

Marie-Claude Bibeau
Minister of International Development and la Francophonie

The grant is dedicated to the project “Off the Shelf”, an online bibliographic database that lists and describes thousands of items (books, articles, films, artworks etc) related to Quebec’s English-speaking communities. The ETRC will be partnering with Concordia’s Quebec English-speaking Community Research Network (QUESCREN) on this project.

Over the past 40 years, historian Brendan O’Donnell has volunteered his time in compiling a unique annotated bibliography. This resource lists and describes all publications related to English-speaking communities in Quebec. It is a treasure trove of everything from famous books to hard-to-find publications such as local history theses, films and articles published in specialized journals. It has the potential to be an “on-stop-shop” inventory of relevant scholarship. The bibliography was first published by the ETRC and as series of books in 1985 and 1992. In 2009 QUESCREN published the third volume and launched an online version of it that same year. Brendan O’Donnell continues to update the bibliography, which reached its 10,000th title in 2015. With this project, the ETRC will ensure the sustainability of Brendan O’Donnell’s work by creating a user-friendly online database – open to everybody.