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Exploring the past with two video series

Published on December 29, 2020

The COM-Unity project paints a compelling picture of life in English-speaking communities thanks to the work of our six partners who represent different sectors of English-speaking Quebec. In this post, we’ll take a sneak peek at what the final two COM-Unity partners have in store.

English Language Arts Network – Seeing English-Language Families In Engaging Stories (SELFIES)

The English Language Arts Network (ELAN) has scheduled six discussion groups about the complex identities within Quebec’s English-speaking communities and their sense of belonging. Each discussion group will bring together people whose families arrived in Quebec during the same period, whether before 1945, 1945 to 1970, or 1970 to 2015, and who encountered similar challenges and opportunities. The conversations will be used to create a video series featuring diverse and interesting stories from people who came from all around the world, including other Canadian provinces, and who now feel that they belong to Quebec’s English-speaking community. Stay tuned for updates on how you can watch these unique and compelling stories!

The second component of ELAN’s SELFIES project is a celebration of works of art by local artists as submitted by the public. So far five winners were randomly drawn from the submissions received by the end of October, and ELAN will continue accepting submissions until the end of February. If you want to submit a work of art, it’s simple. Send submissions to submissions@quebec-elan.org with the name of the artist, what the piece is called, and how it has impacted you in a few sentences.

Winners of the first round were Corey Gulkin’s 2018 CD All the Things I’ll Forget; Stacey Christodoulou’s 2016 theatre production LoveULovecraft; Anna Chatterton’s 2017 theatre production Within the Glass, Thus Owls’ 2018 CD The Mountain That We Live Upon and Trevor Barrette’s 2017 theatre production Memento Mori.

Seniors Action Quebec

Seniors Action Quebec (SAQ) will share the stories of English-speaking seniors who have chosen to stay in Quebec despite living through challenging times like the Quiet Revolution and the 1980 and 1995 referendums on independence. These one-on-one on-camera interviews will ask the questions – why did you decide to stay in Quebec? What is it that makes you a Quebecer and what is unique about being an English-speaking Quebecer? The goal of the series is to provide an opportunity for seniors to share their stories and celebrate their contribution to Quebec society. We can’t wait to hear their memories and to learn from their experiences.

What’s next?

We’ll be taking a break over the holidays but will back with the latest news from our six project partners in January. Have a healthy and happy holiday break!

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