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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

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Fourth workshop at F.A.C.E!

18 Jan

Just as municipal governments and other local decision making bodies should take into consideration the needs and recommendations of ALL different users of public space, it is important for all citizens to be sensitive to other Montrealers’ experience of the city.

On January 25th 2012, the group of teenage girls from F.A.C.E high school participating in My City, My Safety! prepped for an upcoming activity during which they will meet with Montrealers belonging to a group of citizens that are traditionally excluded from public space (to be continued in February!).

To get into the groove, we played a little game: each girl snapped and printed a picture representing herself. Then, individually, the girls wrote on a piece of paper a memorable thing she had experienced that her other friends would be unaware of. In turn, every girl picked a paper belonging to one of her friends and stuck it under the picture of the person she believed the experience belonged to.

Even though the girls thought they knew each other well, few of them actually got the answer right!

Indeed, even if we know someone well, there are always things we don’t know and cannot guess, life stories that belong to that person only. If this is the case for their fellow students, friends that they see everyday, then it must ring even more true for perfect strangers! This brings us to the importance of understanding that a person’s life experience and perceptions belong to that person only, and the importance not to pass judgement. This was an important lesson for the girls, but would be too for anybody who might one day have to make decisions that would influence the daily life of the population.

We finished the workshop by identifying the location for the next safety audit walk: the girls indicated places where they feel unsafe or unwelcome in Down-town Montreal with the help of stickers on a map. The final route was chosen in accordance: in February, we’ll conduct a safety audit walk on Saint-Catherine street, starting at the corner of Papineau, going all the way to Saint-Denis.