The 18th annual Quebec Week of Intercultural Encounters (QRIS) will be taking place virtually this week under the theme ‘Notre Quebec en Commun’.
According to the QRIS website and 2016 Census, 15.1 per cent of the total population of Quebec was born abroad and there are more than 150 different ethnic origins within the population. The theme is a reminder that, beyond diversity, the collective sense of belonging to Quebec unites the population. “Everyone’s contribution to the development of Quebec society and to the vitality of French allows Quebec to grow,” The government website reads.
To comply with public safety regulations, this year all events will be held virtually, which means that, no matter the region someone resides in, they can access and participate in all activities. Some of these activities include digital publications, video talks from anthropologists, business owners, and highlighting migrant stories, and even a recipe book including traditional food from around the world. Specific to the Estrie region, there will be video talks released each day from migrants in the area and an educational presentation about Haiti and the Creole language.
“Quebec’s week of intercultural encounters allows us to build bridges between the cultures and to reaffirm our collective commitment to our common language and identity,” commented Nadine Girault, Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie and Minister of Immigration, Francization and Integration. “Numerous activities have been organized; take this opportunity to get to know the people in your area!”
To find a full list of activities and reserve your spots, visit: sqri.gouv.qc.ca .