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Since 2000, Blue Metropolis has reached 19,494 students in 959 schools and offered 63 different educational programs, all dedicated to reading and writing. The flagship of these educational programs is, without a doubt, Quebec Roots. Thanks to the financial support of the Ministry of Education and higher learning, Quebec Roots has given a voice to anglophone Quebec schoolchildren since 2005 and encouraged them to speak out on issues as serious as bullying, homophobia, and more recently, eco-anxiety and the distress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is designed, first and foremost, to promote an interest in writing. It is aligned with the school curriculum in order to develop cross-disciplinary skills. The ultimate goal is to keep kids in school. It also fosters intercultural understanding through its exhibitions, by introducing texts and photographs produced by young Anglo-Quebecers to the general public.
QUEBEC ROOTS IN BRIEF
- A book in a paper form
- Produced by students from 7 English-language schools in Quebec
- Mentoring by experienced authors and photographers
- A comprehensive teaching guide included in the program, for English teachers, Ethics and Religious Culture teachers, and educational consultants
- The finished products – a book and a photo exhibition – , on social media, and on the Blue Metropolis Foundation’s website
- A series of exercises inspired by Quebec Roots themes will be made available to English teachers throughout Quebec for use in classrooms
- New podcasts to be produced in 2023!
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2021 QUEBEC ROOTS BOOK
POSITIVE “SIDE EFFECTS”…
FIGHTING SCHOOL DROPOUTS, PROMOTING READING AND HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE EXPRESS THEMSELVES
The Quebec Roots program indirectly addresses important issues linked to the development of young adults. Over the years, as we examined the texts submitted by students, we noticed that they were using this free space for creative self-expression to talk about their problems and the reality they deal with. By allowing youngsters to sound off about difficult and complex issues, such as bullying or sexual orientation, Quebec Roots endeavours to turn the creative process of writing and thinking into a positive experience. During their workshops, while working together on a common project, students use many academic and personal skills, such as creativity, communications, critical thinking and perseverance.
DIGITAL SHIFT IN 2021
Drawing on the Blue Met’s recent experience in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis, Quebec Roots will increase its digital presence to better serve Quebec’s English-speaking communities. The shift to digital will be permanent, and will go on after the pandemic has waned. It will allow us to reach a larger audience, to serve Anglophone communities in remote areas, through digital exhibitions, teleconferencing and distance training.
TO INCREASE UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN CULTURES
Young participants in the Quebec Roots program often come from immigrant families or Indigenous communities. Their texts and photographs are a reflection of their community, of the challenges they face, of their values and family traditions. By showcasing these writings and photographs, the Blue Metropolis Festival promotes intercultural understanding. The Festival has more than 100,000 attendees and reaches Quebecers from all cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
TO BETTER SERVE ISOLATED AREAS
As of 2020, Blue Metropolis Foundation has extended its services to Quebec’s remote areas. Beyond the program’s initial goals, the “Remote Regions” component of Quebec Roots aims to contribute in a substantial way to the continued development of Quebec’s English-language communities. Quebec Roots plans to recruit artists from Anglophone communities in Quebec’s remote areas to act as workshop leaders. The initiative will be hosted on Quebec Roots’ new digital platform. That will allow our expert consultants to work closely, and in real time, with workshop leaders out in the communities.
AT OUR 2022-2023 EDITION
Pre-Secondary, Ulluriaq School, Kangiqsualujjuaq
Kativik School Board
École le Filon
Centre de services scolaire de la Baie-James
Joliette High School
Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board
Rosemere High School
Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board
Saint Lambert Elementary
Riverside School Board
Roselyn Elementary School
English Montreal School Board
Outreach Schools Network
2019-2020 QUEBEC ROOTS BOOK
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WHAT THE TEACHERS SAY ABOUT THE PROJECT
«It was delightful experience. The mentors were so wonderful to work with and the Kids responded very well to them. The whole project was so well organized. This was a very positive experience».
– Suzanne Garneau, Knowlton Academy
«Quebec Roots gave my class an opportunity to work collaboratively on a special project that helped them to find their inner artist and author. They were trained by outstanding professionals who lit that fire and made them realize that they are capable of truly incredible work (…). Quebec Roots took my creative class to a whole other level. It was an experience that my students will not soon forget! Thank you to the entire team!».
– Vicki Fraser, McCaig Elementary
«I am happy to have participated in this project, I think it made my grade 5 group feel special and appreciated to be asked to share their “art”. I think some students saw themselves in a different light after the experience».
– Andrea Cobham, Lord Aylmer School
«t was an enriching experience. Wonderful to see the motivation from the students and the interaction they had with both artists. It is an experience I will always remember, and I am sure the students will too».
– Kimberley Bird, William Latter
-This short documentary about a student photo essay from the 2011 Edition was produced by Louise Abbott.
QUEBEC ROOTS, 10 YEARS ANTHOLOGY
This anthology was produced in 2015 to celebrate 10 years of Quebec Roots
QUEBEC ROOTS’ PREVIOUS EDITIONS
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