Experiences of Refugee Youth in Montreal
Experiences of Refugee Youth in Montreal is a collaborative media project which uses personal stories and a range of media tools (video, sound walks, mapping,photography) to better understand the experiences of youth with refugee experience in Montreal. Using participatory methods, our objective has been to produce creative work that will have an impact on policy, education, art, and on the lives of the youth involved.
We have recently completed a 160 page book/DVD of first-person narratives by youth with refugee experiences. The book includes twenty first-person digital stories and films about migration, belonging, tolerance, cultural identity, and personal resilience. The project also offers practical insights on using digital storytelling, mapping,video, photovoice, soundscapes, and oral history in classroom and community settings.
Life Stories Montreal and Mapping Memories are currently organizing a series of school visits to engage 13-17 year olds around the subjects of migration, belonging, tolerance, cultural identity, and personal resilience. Three young individuals with refugee experience will share their own stories and initiate peer-to-peer discussions intended to build empathy and to encourage students to embrace cultural differences and discover their own family and community histories.
Our partner, The Canadian Council for Refugees , is a non-profit umbrella organization committed to the rights and protection of refugees and immigrants in Canada. They coordinate a youth network on refugee and immigration issues across Canada.
To get involved - www.mappingmemories.ca