From the PAQ Director: New Measures at PAQ in response to COVID-19

The PAQ shelter remains open from 6pm to 8am and we continue to offer dinner and light breakfast in our community room. However starting March 16, 2020 we will be implementing new measures to help keep our staff and community members safe.

These are:

Visitors, until further notice:

  • Thursday night visitors’ nights and Tuesday night residents’ nights are cancelled.
  • We are no long accepting visitors in the morning.
  • For our residents in transitional housing, visitors are no longer allowed.


  • Only 10 participants will be allowed in our community room at a time. We ask that each person respect a 20-minute time limit between 6pm and 8pm. After 8pm the community room will be open until 10pm on a first-come first served basis for up to 10 people.
  • There will no longer be in-an-out privileges. Once you check in for the night, you will not be permitted to leave and come back.
  • We ask that participants accept to use a disinfectant on their hands at the door, and again as they enter the community room.

We thank all PAQ participants and residents for helping us to implement these measures. Stay safe!

Projets autochtones du Québec

The mission of Projets Autochtones du Québec is to offer shelter and culturally adapted social reinsertion services to First Nations, Inuit and Metis people who are homeless or in situations of difficulty.

It aims at bringing closer Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal organisations to ensure its targeted clientele receives the variety and adequacy of services they need.

The organisation plays an active and positive role amongst Aboriginal People by helping intercultural rapprochement with Quebec society.


Projets autochtones du Québec announces the appointment of a new Executive Director

Projets Autochtones du Québec (PAQ) is pleased to announce the appointment of Heather Johnston as the Executive Director of the organization. This appointment follows the departure of Adrienne Campbell, who provided leadership, direction and inspiration to PAQ for eight years. PAQ also thanks Pierre Legros who served as interim Executive Director for a four-month period in 2019.

Heather has over 20 years of experience in delivering impactful programs in the areas of health, education and food security internationally, and with Indigenous organisations and communities in New Brunswick and Ontario. She brings to PAQ a diverse background in not-for-profit leadership, strategic planning, fundraising, program and grant management, Board governance, and volunteer coordination.

Heather recently served as President and CEO of Dignitas International, a Toronto-based global health and research organisation. From 1999 to 2012 she worked in Mali, West Africa, managing a diverse portfolio of projects for international development organisations, including Oxfam GB.

Heather is fluently bilingual in English and French. She holds a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Toronto, and an MA in Management and Development of Cooperatives from the Université de Sherbrooke. In her spare time, Heather enjoys backwoods camping and canoeing, and being a soccer mom!

Please join us in welcoming Heather into this role.

History Of The Organisation

Projets autochtones du Québec is a non-profit organization based upon social and professional development of First Nations, Metis and Inuit of Quebec territory.

Projets autochtones du Québec was born from an initiative of employees from the Native Friendship Centre of Montreal and from YMCA Downtown.

At that time, the goal of the research group was to collect and write scientific documentation.

Today, many Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal actors contribute to the operation of the organisation through both occasional and recurring projects aiming at addressing the needs of First Nations and Inuit of Montreal and of the whole Quebec territory, and at facilitating active and permanent collaboration between resources available on the territory.

Overnight Stays

Our Services


Transit Rooms

Projets autochtones du Québec offers a full hosting with a fully-equipped studio located in the heart of downtown Montreal.


Projets autochtones du Québec offers a shelter service located in the heart of downtown Montreal.

Our services benefit exclusively to members of the Aboriginal community living in the province of Quebec.



Because culture matters!

Projets autochtones du Québec organizes cultural activities and events to promote solidarity and development of First Nations who attend the shelter and the transit rooms. Those activities are supervised by a professional Culture Facilitator. As culture is a means of gathering, it is our duty to promote it among users of our services and help them with optimal integration and inclusion.
We put emphasis on activities that integrate participants into a healthy and safe community. The Culture Facilitator uses arts, traditional know-how and community gatherings.
bear sculpture 2017

Ice carving

Our Partners


My Story: Simeonee

My name is Simeonee and I’m from Kuujjuaraapik in Nunavik. In the 40’s and 50’s it was called Great Whale River and the nearest Cree community is Whapmagoostui. Inuktitut is my first language and it’s really important for me, it’s my identity. I can also speak English. I grow up with my family in a…

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My Story: Marie-Eve

My name is Marie-Eve and I am from the Huron-Wendat Nation. I am currently working as a psychosocial worker at Projets Autochtones du Québec. I was born in the Outaouais region from a Quebecer mother and a Huron-Wendat father. I have 2 sisters and a brother. For all of us, it was important to do…

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Get Involved


Join Our Volunteers Team

Projets autochtones du Québec, like the majority of social and community organisations, counts on the support and involvement of its volunteers to achieve best operations of its daily and punctual activities. Our volunteering program gives you the opportunity to get involved.

You Too, Give...

Projets autochtones du Québec counts on the contribution of its generous donators to ensure the continuity of its mission. Hosting and social integration services to First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities will be ensured thanks to you!

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  • You need more information on our services?
  • You are interested in sponsoring a project?
  • You want to become a member?
  • You wish to contribute with your volunteering?

Contact us!
From 09:00 to 17:00, Monday to Friday


(514) 879-3310 Ext. 200


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