This educational program allowed students throughout the province of Quebec to research local cemeteries in search of heroes and role models buried there, and to turn the stories of their lives into short dramatic works, to be presented at schools and in the community. Each phase of this project was covered by the CBC’s Julia Caron. This initiative was made possible by Canadian Heritage, TD, LEARN and the Community Learning Centres.
Unearth Our Past was a project that highlighted stories discovered in some of Quebec’s scenic cemeteries. CBC’s Julia Caron met with students from Quebec High School as they visited Mount Hermon Cemetery in Sillery.
Check out Quebec High School’s visit to the cemetery HERE!
Photographer Monique Dykstra came up with the idea for Unearth Our Past, after being inspired by Mount Royal Cemetery, in Montreal, her hometown. She encouraged students in Quebec City to learn more about their local history while taking photographs.
The cemeteries have been visited, the plays have been written… Now it’s rehearsal time, a phase of the project led by playwright Jesse Stong. CBC’s Julia Caron brings us the lively sounds of a Quebec High classroom.
A Nazi spy story in New Carlisle is real-life fodder for this school’s play, as part of the Unearth Our Past project.
Throughout the winter, the five high school classes conducted research and developed their projects. Now, spring has arrived, and the students get to see the results of their hard work. CBC’s Julia Caron gives us a sample of their final presentation.
Click HERE to see a PDF version of the book “Unearth Our Past”.
Check out the excerpts filmed at the Festival !
- Laurentian Regional High School, Lachute
- Quebec High School, Quebec City
- New Carlisle High School, New Carlisle
- Beaconsfield High School, Beaconsfield
- Heritage Regional High School, St-Hubert