Montreal, July 2, 2020 – Quebec Roots, the flagship of Blue Metropolis Foundation’s educational programs, gives voice to students from Quebec’s English-language schools by providing an opportunity to use writing and photography to discuss issues that affect their communities or that are related to adolescence. The result: moving stories, poems and photographs, which can be seen either in the form of a virtual exhibition on Blue Metropolis’ Instagram account, as an e-book, available now, or in a print version, to be published in the fall. As part of this project, a team of experienced authors and photographers met with young people in Knowlton, Sutton, Valcartier, Rosemère, Chambly, Gatineau, Gaspé and Noranda (the visit to Chibougamau was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic).
Also included in this book is a retrospective of written work by students from the Kativik School Board, which participated in this adventure for a decade. The project was funded by the Ministère de l’Éducation du Québec and the Secretariat for relations with English-speaking Quebecers of the Ministère du Conseil exécutif du Quebec.
You will find the virtual exhibition as well as the 2020 edition of the Quebec Roots book on our Facebook page and Instagram account as well as on the web page dedicated to the project. Please feel free to share and comment!
The 2019-2020 facilitators
As each year, an experienced team met with our young participants, providing writing and photography workshops as part of the project.
Authors: Monique Polak, Raquel Rivera, Nisha Coleman, Larissa Andrusyshyn, JC Rodrigue and Jennifer Lianne Willett
Photographers: Monique Dykstra, Thomas Kneubühler, Pierre Charbonneau, Liam Overchuk and Tony Touzel
Blue Metropolis at a glance
Blue Metropolis Foundation is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1997 that brings together people from different cultures to share the pleasures of reading and writing and encourage creativity and intercultural understanding. Because reading and writing are more than entertaining pastimes, these programs use them as therapeutic tools, to encourage academic perseverance and fight against poverty and social isolation.