Quebec Roots 2017-2018 Book :
What is Quebec Roots?
Since 2000, Blue Metropolis has reached 18,310 students in 898 schools, offering 51 different educational programmes, all with a focus on reading and writing. Quebec Roots is undoubtedly our flagship educational programme. Supported since 2005 by the Ministère de l’Éducation, 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 programme 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
-This short documentary about a student photo essay from the 2011 Edition was produced by Louise Abbott www.ruralroutecommunications.com
-You may also want to take a look at the great photos gathered the Web site of the main photographer involved in the Quebec Roots project over the last 10 years, Monique Dykstra: http://studioiris.ca/quebec-roots/
Participating schools at our 2017/2018 edition
- Ajagutak School
Kativik School Board, Tasiujaq
- Issummasavik School
Kativik School Board, Quaqtak
- Mile End High School
English Montreal School Board (EMSB), Montreal
- LaSalle Community Comprehensive High School
Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB), Montréal, Arrondissement LaSalle
- Vezina High School
EMSB, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School, LBPSB, Vaudreuil
Only available on tablet devices.
Editors of Quebec Roots e-books!
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
Greg Santos (Author)
Larissa Andrusyshyn (Author)
Monique Dykstra (Photographer)
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.
Thomas Kneubühler (Photographer)
Thomas Kneubühler’s current projects deal with Canada’s far North, where he investigates how technology and the extraction of natural resources effects the people and the land.
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, most recently at the Musée d'art contemporain, Montréal (2011), the Centre culturel canadien, Paris (2012), the Centre Pasquart Bienne (2014), the Manif d’art 7, Québec (2014), and the Videonale.15 at the Kunstmuseum Bonn (2015). 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 Polak (Author)
Monique Polak is the author of 19 novels for young adults, as well as one non-fiction book for kids.
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 31 years years.
She is also a freelance journalist whose stories appear regularly in the Montreal Gazette and in Postmedia publications across the country. Monique is the CBC/QWF’s inaugural writer-in-residence.
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ERIC T. WEBSTER FOUNDATION JARISLOWSKY FOUNDATION