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In another school not so far away…

10 Déc

Once upon a time, in Outremont, there was a school called  Cardinal, and it was affiliated to the Saint-Laurent High-school… At Cardinal, six young ladies were looking to engage in an interesting and different project that would fulfill the requirements of their internship program.

This is how our meeting took place: it was orchestrated by their super psycho-éducatrice, Christine. Ever since then, we had the pleasure of organizing several activities with the girls, all of whom are coming form very different backgrounds, but all of whom are just really fascinating! We did some subjective mapping exercises with them, to identify what they like or don’t like in their community in Ville Saint Laurent.

One of the participant's map, which illustrates some important themes for the girls

One of the participant’s map, which illustrates some important themes for the girls

It was really a lot of fun to discuss with them, to discover what affects their daily routine in that neighbourhood, and how different those issues are from those faced by the girls from e F.A.C.E, or from the St-Luc group which is also very different in and of itself. 

From these discussions, we organized a safety audit walk in Ville Saint-Laurent, around the Côte-Vertu metro station and the McDonalds, two places the girls hang out around a lot, since it is their meeting point as well as the starting point in their daily route to go to Outremont.

One of the pictures taken during the safety audit, behind some stores on Decarie boulevard

One of the pictures taken during the safety audit, behind some stores on Decarie boulevard

Focus group discussion to identify the issues important for the girls (based on the Equitas speaking rights toolkit)

Focus group discussion to identify the issues important for the girls (based on the Equitas speaking rights toolkit)

We also did a visualisation exercise of their ideal city, where the girls imagined being free to go where they want, without having to worry about prices being too high, or the suspicious looks of adults and without being bothered by the police. They dreamed of a city where freedom of expression is the rule, where they can go about their day dressed as they like, without being judged or getting harassed.

We are now working in partnership with an engaged Montreal artist, Berekhya, a multi-talented young woman well versed in slam, impro, animation, performance arts and.. oh yeah, she also writes poetry! Really, we have been so lucky with the artistic support since the start of this project 🙂

One of the collages made by the girls using pictures from the safety audit

One of the collages made by the girls using pictures from the safety audit

Civic Responsibility Mediators

10 Déc

This past October, we met the Civic responsibility mediators of the École secondaire St-Luc. This group of 15 girls and boys were recruited by their (incredible and passionate!) Ethics teacher, for them to make sure other students act respectfully and safely towards one another during lunch time and break, both within and around the school.

Within their mediator roles, the students have to come up with a project on the topic of civis responsibility to raise awareness within the school around one or more issues that are important to them and that relate to the security and inclusion of everyone in the school, while respecting their community at large.

The mediators engaged in a social cartography exercise where everyone mapped their neighbourhoods, communities, important things and things they wish would change in their communities

The mediators engaged in a social cartography exercise where everyone mapped their neighbourhoods, communities, important things and things they wish would change in their communities

It is in this context that we offered for them to take part in My City, My Safety! It was pretty good timing… We were looking for new groups for the last year of the project, and we had workshops and resources to offer for them to identify the problems that exist in their neighbourhood and school in relation to safety and inclusion. We also wanted to explore with them the difference between girls and boys’ perception of safety, the different (or not!) issues that both face and how this can affect their community engagement and participation in city space.

Participants play "draw me a safety principle" (based on the Equitas Draw me a Right game)

Participants play « draw me a safety principle » (based on the Equitas Draw me a Right game)

Picture taken by the group of boys during a safety audit walk of their neighbourhood. We separated the guys from the girls  to see if their observations would be different

Picture taken by the group of boys during a safety audit walk of their neighbourhood. We separated the guys from the girls to see if their observations would be different

Picture taken by the girls during the walk. Just like the guys, they identified maintenance problems which sometimes give the neighbourhood a bad rep.

Picture taken by the girls during the walk. Just like the guys, they identified maintenance problems which sometimes give the neighbourhood a bad rep.

The mediators participated in cartography workshops both individually and in groups, a safety audit walk, a training in leadership and animation with  L.O.V.E, and as of today, we are supporting them in coming up with a concept for their intervention to sensitize their peers, with the help of Farah Fancy, an artist/choreographer/performance/movement therapy (!) with the Julio Hong collective.

Variation on the three legged race, or how to work on a team without injuring yourself!

Variation on the three legged race, or how to work on a team without injuring yourself!

FUN!

FUN!

One group working on their creative group cartography, making a collage of what they liked and how they would improve the neighbourhood

One group working on their creative group cartography, making a collage of what they liked and how they would improve the neighbourhood

 

The second group's collective cartography: they decided to draw around and make a collage of their pictures taken during the safety audit

The second group’s collective cartography: they decided to draw around and make a collage of their pictures taken during the safety audit

So basically… We are just thrilled to be working with the mediators this year!

TO BE CONTINUED