The Coalition for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (CDCE) welcomes the decision of the Ministry of Culture and Communications to renew its financial support of $125,000 for the year 2019-2020. The Government of Quebec’s continued support allows civil society to play a real role in promoting the diversity of cultural expressions. In this regard, we also acknowledge Quebec’s contribution of $30,000 to the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD).

The assistance provided by the MCCQ to the CDCE will enable it to carry out many projects. As part of the revision of many fundamental laws for the cultural sector (broadcasting, telecommunications, copyright), it will provide CDEC with the necessary means to ensure that the voices of artists, creators and professionals in the cultural sector are heard.

The MCCQ’s assistance will also enable the CDCE to continue its work to identify mechanisms to protect and promote cultural diversity in the digital age. Reflections on the practices of the cultural sector in terms of discoverability and the analysis begun on the interaction between artificial intelligence and cultural content will thus be pursued. On this subject, the CDEC will closely follow the work of the International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of AI and Digital Technology (OIISIAN).

By contributing to CDCE projects, the MCCQ more broadly supports all civil society efforts to implement the commitments made under the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. As the work of the Conference of the Parties to the 2005 Convention, in which the CDCE is also participating, ends today, the Government of Quebec is demonstrating that it continues to play an essential role with respect to the 2005 Convention.

For more information

Bill Skolnik, Co-Chair

Céline de Dianous, Communications Officer

514-277-2666