What is Quebec Roots?
Since 2000, Blue Metropolis has reached 19,318 students in 915 schools, offering 54 different educational programs, all with a focus on reading and writing. Quebec Roots is undoubtedly our flagship educational program. Supported since 2005 by the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur, Quebec Roots has not only given a voice to students across Quebec, but has allowed them to express themselves freely on such important issues as bullying and homophobia. Developed primarily in order to stimulate an interest in writing, the program is linked to the school curriculum, promotes the development of several cross-disciplinary skills and, ultimately, provides support to young people to remain in school. Quebec Roots also encourages bridge-building between cultures by assembling writing and photography by young Quebec anglophones in an exhibition that is open to the general public, during the Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival.
What the teachers say about the project:
“It was a memorable experience that changed my students’ lives. It gave them confidence to write when some of them hated it. It changed their outlook about writing.”
Melinda Cochrane, teacher at Beaconsfield High School
“It gave them a purpose for writing. It motivated them and made writing meaningful. It really opened new horizons for the kids.”
Cloann Frechette, teacher at Shawinigan High School
Listen to children and teachers talk about the project on CBC Radio.
-This short documentary about a student photo essay from the 2011 Edition was produced by Louise Abbott www.ruralroutecommunications.com
Quebec Roots 2018-2019 Book
Participating schools at our 2019/2020 edition
Western Québec School Board, Rouyn-Noranda
Eastern Shores School Board, Gaspé
Mc Caig Elementary
Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board, Rosemère
William Latter School
Riverside School Board, Chambly
Lord Aylmer senior School
Eastern Townships School Board, Eastern Townships
Sutton Elementary School
Eastern Townships School Board, Eastern Townships
Valcartier Elementary School
Central Québec School Board, Valcartier
Enroll your class for 2020-2021
If you are a teacher and are interested in enrolling your class, click HERE!
Do you want to use Quebec Roots with your students?
Click HERE (PDF version) for educational activities to fight homophobia and bullying by Monique Polak
Click HERE (PDF version) for the complete pedagogical guide
Smartboard exercises also available!
Click HERE for the flipchart document
Click HERE for the notebook document
Quebec Roots Authors and Photographers
Thomas Kneubühler is a visual artist working with photography and video. Over his career, Kneubühler has explored issues surrounding the privatization of land use, the exploitation of natural resources, questions of power, and the effects of new technology on society. Originally from Switzerland, he has been living in Montreal since the year 2000, where he completed a MFA at Concordia University in 2003. His works have been presented in exhibitions in both Europe and North America, among others at the Musée d’art contemporain, Montréal, the Centre culturel canadien, Paris, the Centre Pasquart Bienne, the Quebec City Biennial Manif d’art, and the Videonale at the Kunstmuseum Bonn. In 2011 he was awarded the Pratt & Whitney Canada Prize of the Conseil des arts de Montréal, and in 2012 the Swiss Art Award by the Ministry of Culture Switzerland.
Monique Dykstra is professional photographer from Montreal, Canada, and the author of two photography books. She opened Studio Iris Photography in 1994, a busy Montreal studio that specializes in wedding photography, family portraits, corporate events, business portraits, and private photography classes and workshops.
Monique Polak is the author of 26 books for young people. Her spring 2019 titles are I Am a Feminist: Claiming the F-Word in Turbulent Times, and Princess Angelica, Part-Time Lion Trainer. Monique is a two-time winner of the Quebec Writers’ Federation Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Monique has been teaching at Marianopolis College for 32 years. She is also a freelance journalist whose stories have appeared in the Montreal Gazette and in Postmedia publications across the country. Monique is a columnist on ICI-Radio Canada’s Plus on est de fous, plus on lit!
Nisha Coleman was born in a swamp near Huntsville, Ontario.
She studied music and psychology at McGill and Wilfrid Laurier University. Once school was out of the way, she went to live in Paris as a street violinist. Her memoir about these years, Busker: Stories from the Streets of Paris, was published by Radiant Press in 2015.
Nisha has performed for events such as The Moth, Yarn, Confabulation, Risk!, Raconteurs, Ladyfest, and ZooFest and her work has been featured on WireTap, PBS, MAtv, Risk!, The Moth and No More Radio. She is a co-producer for Enfabulation one of Montreal’s French storytelling series, and a regular performer at storytelling events in Montreal and Toronto. She has performed her multiple award winning solo show, Self-Exile, in theatres in Canada and the US.
PIERRE CHARBONNEAU fell in love with photography at the age of 14 when he first discovered the joy of the darkroom while visiting a friend’s home. After completing a B.A. in Communication Studies, he started his career as a magazine photographer for many Canadian publications and he later became a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail daily newspaper. This exposure soon led to commercial assignments. Throughout his almost 4o years career as a freelancer, his photos have illustrated a wide array of corporate publications such as annual reports and advertisements. He shoots personal work mostly with vintage cameras in B&W on film.
Larissa Andrusyshyn’s first poetry collection, Mammoth was shortlisted for the Quebec Writers’ Federation First Book Prize and the Kobzar Literary Award. Her poems have been shortlisted for Arc Magazine’s ‘Poem of the Year’, the CBC Poetry Prize and the carteblanche 3Macs prize. She facilitates creative writing workshops for at-risk youth in Montreal. Her second collection, Proof, was published by DC Books.
RAQUEL RIVERA is the author of five books for children and young adults. Raquel Rivera has lived and worked in Washington DC, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Barcelona and Toronto (where she was born and raised). Now based in Montreal with her family, Raquel writes books while teaching workshops and freelancing. For news, pictures and video-readings, visit her website: www.raquelriverawashere.com.