About the Recognition program

The Recognition program stems from close collaboration between the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) and the Indigenous arts community. It was conceived within a perspective of dialogue, listening and respect following a consultation of a wide variety of artistic and cultural practitioners from the First Nations and Inuit communities. They enhanced the process of reflection through their experience and knowledge of the issues facing Indigenous artists, writers and organizations.

Open, inclusive, flexible and tailored to Indigenous cultures’ needs and realities, as well as to their specific ways of creating and disseminating artworks, the Recognition program is designed to support the Indigenous artistic community’s reappropriation, reconstruction and development efforts.

Mattiusi Iyaituk. Iqalullamiluuq whistling a follow me alluring beautiful music. ©Bastien Birbaum

The program seeks to:

  • Contribute to the knowledge, recognition and promotion of Indigenous artists and arts.
  • Foster the reappropriation, transmission and development of traditional Indigenous knowledge, languages and arts.
  • Facilitate Indigenous artists’ early careers and professional development by supporting their first professional experiences, in addition to sponsorships and guidance.
  • Encourage the respect of Indigenous protocols*.

See press release issued at the launch of the program, August 9, 2018.

”For many moons, I have followed the pathways of music and creation and have often stopped to help young Indigenous artists who dream of music.

I am proud to have played a role in developing this program, which meets a need that I have witnessed on many occasions. I am pleased with the program’s openness and I hope many Indigenous artists will avail themselves of this tool to express their talent and vision.”

– Florent Vollant, musician
Compagnon des arts et des lettres du Québec
Recognition program spokesperson 

Good to know

  • The program is geared towards established artists as well as up-and-coming artists.
  • The program supports customary, traditional and contemporary art forms.
  • A portion of the application may be presented orally (video recording).
  • Applications for financial aid may be submitted at any time (except for the Impetus component, which has an annual deadline for submissions).
  • Peer evaluation is the guiding principle for the awarding of financial support by the CALQ. Applications submitted under the Recognition program will be evaluated by a jury of which most of the members are artists, creators and recognized Indigenous professionals, Elders or cultural managers who are representative of the Indigenous artistic community.
  • A grant covers the artist’s remuneration during the completion of his or her project, in addition to purchases of materials; studio, hall and equipment rentals; registration/internship fees; travel/living expenses (including accommodation and per diems); and promotion, design, pre-production, production and remount related expenses.
  • The CALQ has offers other programs for which Indigenous artists, writers and organizations may be eligible.

Consult the menu above to access the artists or organizations section, depending on your profile.

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*Fostering respect for Indigenous protocols 

The CALQ calls on all artists and artistic organizations, Indigenous as well as non-Indigenous, to adopt an approach that is respectful of Indigenous artistic expression, cultural protocols and rights.

Collaborative efforts leading to genuine exchanges should pave the way for the completion of artistic projects that address or incorporate distinctive aspects of Indigenous cultures.