Concordia University

Community Forum: Minority Community Vitality through Education 

October 28-29-30, 2018
Concordia University, Montreal

Deadline for proposals: March 16, 2018

Click here for a full printable PDF version of this Call for proposals  [PDF - 190KB]

Quebec High School, 1948 (BAnQ-Q, E6,S7,SS1,P67054)


The Minority Community Vitality through Education forum will explore ways in which minority language education can contribute to community vitality in different geographical settings. Its particular focus will be on the situation of Quebec’s English-speaking minority.

There have been English-speaking minority language communities in Quebec for over 250 years. Today, 1.1 million Quebecers have English as their first official language; two thirds of this number has English as their mother tongue. Quebec's English-speaking population is ethnically diverse and makes important social, economic and cultural contributions to the province. These communities are largely bilingual, well integrated in Quebec, and committed to bridging cultural solitudes, while also nurturing links with international networks across the globe.

However, research shows that Quebec’s English-speakers face significant community vitality challenges. These cover many interrelated spheres including employment, education, health, culture, access to municipal and provincial services, outmigration, newcomer and ethnocultural group integration.

The vitality of a language community is “that which makes a group likely to behave as a distinctive and active collective entity in intergroup settings” (Giles, Bourhis & Taylor, 1977). Vitality allows communities to “survive and thrive as a collective entity in [a] given intergroup context.” Key elements that affect the vitality of language communities are “demography, institutional support and status” (Bourhis & Landry, 2012). 



The Inter-Level Educational Table, a committee of the Quebec English-Speaking Communities Research Network (QUESCREN), is organizing the event. 


Program Committee

  • Brian Lewis, Co-Director, QUESCREN; Professor, Concordia University, Dept. of Communications Studies
  • Lorraine O’Donnell, Coordinator-researcher, QUESCREN; Affiliate Assistant Professor, Concordia University, School of Community and Public Affairs
  • Patrick Donovan, Associate Coordinator, QUESCREN
  • Marie-Josée Berger, Dean, The School of Education; Associate Vice-Principal, Continuing Education, Bishop's University
  • Richard Bourhis, Professor Emeritus, Université du Québec à Montréal, Dept. of Psychology
  • Rita Legault, Director of Communications & Public Relations, Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN)
  • Jennifer Maccarone, President, Quebec English School Board Association (QESBA)
  • Erich Schmedt, Executive Advisor, John Abbott College
  • Richard Schmid, Professor, Concordia University, Dept. of Education
  • Paul Zanazanian, Professor, McGill University, Faculty of Education
  • Dominique Michaud, Director of Research Development, Concordia University Office of Research (observer)


Goal and Objectives

The forum will assemble researchers, practitioners, community stakeholders and policy-makers. Its overall goal is to encourage mobilization around the development of a healthy and sustainable English-language educational offer, from pre-K to university, that leads to student retention, access to good jobs in Quebec and a strong sense of identity and belonging.

More specifically, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Increase the synergy and focus of networks around English-language community vitality in Quebec.
  • Identify strategies for improving the continuum of Quebec’s English-language educational offer.
  • Share and learn from the rich forms of knowledge characterizing community-oriented education and research practice: up-to-date studies, expertise, practical experience, and stories of success and best practices.
  • Help develop research teams around concrete projects.


Your Participation 

We invite your proposals for:

  • Presentations
  • Workshops

Presentations and workshops should share rich forms of knowledge characterizing community-oriented education and research practice related to Quebec’s English-speaking communities: up-to-date studies, expertise, practical experience, and stories of success and best practices.

Please follow the proposal instructions outlined in this PDF document  [PDF - 190KB]

The deadline for proposals is March 16, 2018.


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