An opening on oneself,
but also an opening
on the others.
Through discussion, we want to create a space for dialogue for people from different ethnocultural communities. Together, we want to have a better understanding of the issues that are being experienced, exploring questions of identity and belonging to the dominant Quebec culture, and different solutions to these issues.
We have created a space for dialogue for young people from different ethnocultural communities by looking at what the Quebec identity is in order to know if this group feels it has a place in it.
This conversation took place as part of the first research symposium on social equity and learning through engagement at McGill University. Themes covered during this discussion included: different ways to break down elitism in activism, barriers to activism, how to foster empowerment in order to promote activism, and ways to build trusting relationships between organizations and the community.
As part of the Forum Jeunesse de l’île de Montréal’s regional youth event, we were invited to speak about our leadership experience in the Montreal community in an effort to change the dominant narrative of what it means to be a leader.
For us, leadership takes place in our everyday actions. Getting involved is also a change of self, a change of perspective. It is identifying a need that you personally have and finding a solution to that need. Either through a project or a small action. In reality, there are probably many other people who have the same need as you. No battle is won alone.