Jacqueline Desmarais (1928-2018)

News of the passing of Jacqueline Desmarais was received with great sadness at the Michaëlle Jean Foundation. She shared our commitment to the arts, to culture, to young people. To us, she was not only a philanthropist, but a true ally. Among the many talents she supported, see how many are now leading artists on the international stage. See how many festivals she once helped are now thriving. Jacqueline, who dreamed of singing as a career, allowed others to experience the dream and to surpass themselves.

We also want to honour her charitable dedication to the Sainte-Justine hospital, along with the philanthropic endeavours she and her husband, the late Paul Desmarais, conducted to endow universities, including the University of Ottawa, providing them with modern infrastructures.

Jean-Daniel Lafond, Michaëlle Jean and their daughter Marie-Éden, along with the team at the Michaëlle Jean Foundation extend our sincere condolences to Paul Jr., André, Louise, and Sophie, as well as to all grieving members of the Jacqueline and Paul Desmarais family, loved ones and friends.

Power of the Arts National Forum 2018: The Arts as Tools for Peace

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The Michaëlle Jean Foundation and The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts invite you to the 2018 edition of the Power of the Arts National Forum 2018: “The Arts as Tools for Peace”, slated for February 16 to 18, 2018.

The Forum is bringing together representatives from sectors as varied as health, law, social services, policymaking, business, culture, urban planning and community engagement, as part of a national movement leveraging the power of the arts to improve quality of life, social cohesion and Peace.

Punctuated by dynamic cultural performances, workshops, thematic debates and plenary sessions, the Forum, bilingual and open to the general public, will see a roster of Canadian and international presenters and performers.

For information on registration, click here.

The Art of Inclusion: Digital Art Exhibition at Nuit Blanche Toronto

[Woman and Art, 2015. Photo: Ryan Singh]

See The Art of Inclusion Digital Art Exhibition at the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, from sunset to sunrise this Saturday, September 30, 2017.

Experience the magic of the Art of Inclusion, which unlocks the unique cinematographic perspectives of 14 budding Muslim Canadian filmmakers. Aged 15-30, each creator brings to Nuit Blanche Toronto their individual take on inclusion in the age of rising xenophobia. Each piece opens a deeply personal window into the complexities of identity through an existential meditation on diversity that inspires hope in a world fractured by the forces of hate, terror and division.

With the theme “Combating Hate, Advancing Inclusion”, the projection invites each visitor to use the long-focus of humanism and societal responsibility and to cast out clichés hindering the progress of inclusion across all communities in Canada.

Led by the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, the Vancouver Foundation, the Silk Road Institute & National Council for Canadian Muslims, the project is supported by a number of organizations across Canada, including the Edmonton, Winnipeg and Oakville community foundations, and Nuit Blanche Toronto.


[Project Details : Nuit Blanche Toronto]


Call for Submissions to a Digital Video Art Contest

[NOW CLOSED] — Youth from Muslims communities living across Canada, aged 15 to 30, are invited to submit by August 5, 2017, proposals for a digital video production to be part of a travelling 4th Wall video art exhibition project entitled Combating Hate, Advancing Inclusion. Proposals can be for videos containing other art forms including dance, animation, spoken word, and visual art.

Ten submissions will be selected by a jury to be part of this ground-breaking exhibition on Muslim youth to be presented at the “Beyond Labels” 2017 Human Rights Symposium of the Canadian Human Rights Commission in September 2017, alongside other venues in Canada.