Quebec on the Move

Québec On The Move

Quebec on the Move!: An interactive exhibit of official minority-language social movements in Quebec, 1960-2010

Quebec on the Move is a traveling art exhibit organized by the Centre for Community Organizations (COCo) and funded by Canadian Heritage. The exhibit explores the subject of social movements and Quebec’s English-speaking communities and include video segments of 22 contemporary community organizers in conversation with each other.

View the Quebec on the Move participant biographies here.
Watch the exhibit video and the long interviews on our Quebec on the Move channel.

The interviewers and interviewees are all connected to Quebec’s official language minority communities, that is, the various English-speaking communities around the province. An important project finding was that many participants work not only in English, but also other minority languages, including sign languages, as well as French. Quebec on the Move! is a document of their interviews, creating a unique history of important social movements in relation to Quebec language minority communities from 1960 to present.

Audiences are invited to reflect upon the meaning of being active citizens in their day-to-day lives through being brought into the stories of others: What does being engaged in Quebec look like? What are the issues that spur individuals to take action? What advice would these leaders give to young Quebecois about becoming involved in community?

It was on presented in Winter 2015 throughout Quebec :
The Centennial Theatre at Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke from February 17 to March 2, 2015;
Concordia University’s library atrium in Montreal from March 3 to 18, 2015;
and the Morrin Centre in Quebec City from March 23 to 28, 2015.

Download the official press release for the Sherbrooke exhibit here: EN / FR
Download the official press release for the Montreal exhibit here: EN / FR
Download the official press release for the Quebec City exhibit here: EN / FR

Watch the exhibit video (available in English and French with subtitles) and the long interviews (available in English) on our Quebec on the Move channel:

Knowing yourself, knowing your struggle: the Chinese redress movement in Quebec
Parker Mah (Racial justice) & William Dere (Chinese Head Tax and Exclusion Act redress movement in Canada) 

Social consciousness raising across the decades: 1970s Feminism to present day austerity
Robert McBryde (Human rights & Environment) & Nadia Alexan (Citizen political awareness & government lobbying)

From Trinidad-Tobago to Quebec: learning from trade union struggles in 1970s and 1980s Quebec
Dorothy Williams (Black community rights) & Armin Hector (Labour movement)

Plural realities: Black community organizing in 1970s and 80s in Quebec
Désirée Rochat (Education) & Alix Jean (Haitian & Black community organizing) 

The up the hill – down the hill dynamics & organizing around housing and public health
Manuel Johnson (Housing, healthcare & justice accessibility) & John Bradley (social housing, health care advocacy and popular education) 

Neighborhood organizing: rallying the community to take local action
Michelle Duchesneau (Inclusive and accessible sexual health education and neighbourhood organizing) & Patricia Murphy (Neighbourhood organizing, refugee rights and alternative mental health) 

Connecting our day-to-day work with the larger struggle – and back again
Evelyn Calugay (Filipino women and domestic workers rights) & Jill Hanley (Rights of immigrants and migrants)

An economy of generosity: day-to-day community engagement as activism
Cheryl Gosselin (Anglophone Quebecers’ rights) & Alanna Fernandes (Sustainable Development & Community Building) 

Deaf experience(s) in Quebec: social activism across LSQ & ASL communities (English subtitles available)
Daz Saunders (LGBT right, Deaf community) & Pamela Witcher (Deaf community)

Close to my heart: a story of involvement in the feminist movement(s) of Quebec
Rachel Garber (Social justice) & Rina Kampeas (Women’s rights)

Understanding and working together to overcome colonialism
Patricia Boushel (Community-building) & Stefan Christoff (Anti-capitalism)