History and Development

In 1967, The Canadian Folk Art Council was created to manifest the needs of the festivals associated with the Canadian Centennial celebrations. The Canadian Folk Art was followed by the development of provincial and municipal councils of folk arts. At the beginning, these organizations, were subsidized by government.

With the advent of the Multiculturalism in 1971, the federal government proclaimed its policy on the Multiculturalism. Thereafter, the creation of the Ministry of Multiculturalism brought many positive changes. Several provincial organizations of folk arts were transformed into multicultural organizations. Eventually, the focus of Multiculturalism was redirected towards social considerations and the rights of people. With the modification of government policies and the disappearance of the subsidies at the end of the seventies, brought an end to the Canadian Folk Arts Council.

Folklore Canada International was incorporated as a non- profit organization on June 17, 1986, chaired by Jean Gravel, Jean-Yves Landry, Denis Carr and Guy Landry.

The First Annual General Meeting of the organization was held on November 22, 1986 in Montreal. The organization was to continue the international services of invitations, receptions and representation in expression of cultural inheritance to fill the void left by the disappearance of the Canadian Folk Arts Council and the Era of Multiculturalism.
Over the years with its accomplishments of private individuals and the achievements of and services offered by the FCI evolved and transformed the term “Folk Art” of the Sixties was replaced by ” Expression of Cultural Inheritance ” however, the fundamental values and the broad objectives of the organization always remained the same.

Folklore Canada International organized the World Congress of the CIOFF in Montreal and Quebec in 1990.