Activities organized by La Fondation Aubin

In October La Fondation Aubin organized a conference on:



His commitment from a historical and current perspective

Click here to read a report on the conference and several of the speakers’ papers, most of which are in French.

Click here to see photos

• Exhibition of photographs of Bethune in China

From January 19 to February 8: The exhibition is on display at the Centre culturel et sportif, Collège Regina Assumpta, 1750 rue Sauriol Est (corner Papineau), in Montreal.
An exhibition of twelve large format photographs of Bethune in China, taken by his friend and official photographer of Mao Zedong’s army, Sha Fei, are available at La Fondation Aubin. The collection includes two explanatory panels (one in English and one in French) and a caption for each photo.

La Fondation Aubin will lend out the exhibition to be displayed free of charge in universities and schools, health institutions, cultural centres, libraries, etc. However, contributions will be appreciated to help cover transportation and handling charges.

La Fondation Aubin can also provide an educational kit of books, films and other items.

To reserve the collection of photographs or for further information, contact La Fondation Aubin: or

• Documentary on the Bethune events in Montreal
A film will be shot during the Bethune events in Montreal with a view to putting together the first co-production with Spain and China on Bethune. On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Bethune’s death in November 2009, the co-production will celebrate a man whose capacity for action knew no boundaries.

• Pan-Canadian tour of exhibitions of photos, films, books
The end of the tribute year for Bethune in Montreal in November 2009 could serve to kick off a Pan-Canadian tour of exhibitions of photos, books and films of Bethune’s stays in Spain, China and Montreal. See proposal

• Fund-raising campaign

With the support of its partners–the City of Montreal, Concordia University, the Centre d’histoire de Montréal and the McCord Museum–La Fondation Aubin has started a fund-raising campaign for a documentary on the activities to honour Bethune in Montreal.

The private and public sectors are being solicited. Donations from individuals have been coming in, but many others are needed. La Fondation Aubin is a registered charitable organization and issues official receipts for donations of $10 and more.


In 2008

October 1: Lunchtime series at the Atwater Library
La Fondation Aubin organized a presentation on the life and work of Norman Bethune and the fall 2008 commemorative activities in Montreal.

October 4:  “Dr. Norman Bethune, Montrealer and Internationalist”
Our conference was the first in a series of ongoing activities for the year in tribute to Bethune (2008-2009). A historian, a sociologist and six doctors discussed among themselves and with the public some major topics in socialized medicine and Bethune’s relevance today.

October 1 to 18: Photo exhibition of Bethune in China at the Atwater Library.

October 14: Evening to open a Spanish exhibition entitled “Norman Bethune, Trail of Solidarity” at the McCord Museum. Presented in collaboration with La Fondation Aubin and the Fundación Canadá (Madrid), the evening was attended by former Governor-General of Canada Adrienne Clarkson and the curator of the exhibition, Jesús Majada.

October 18:

“Norman Bethune and Visual Cultures”, a symposium organized by Concordia University with La Fondation Aubin’s participation.
Click below to read two of the main presentations (in French) by:
Hélène Samson, curator of the Notman Photographic Archives at the McCord Museum: Norman Bethune et la couverture photographique de la guerre d’Espagne, jalon fondamental dans l’histoire du photo-journalisme.
Spanish exhibition curator Jesús Majada’s paper focused more particularly on a chapter during the Civil War comparable to the Guernica tragedy.

October 29 to November 15: Photo exhibition of Bethune in China at the Royal Victoria Hospital.

In 2009

January 19 to February 8: Photo exhibition of Bethune in China at Collège Regina Assumpta.