Nova Scotians Building Justice and Peace Strategy

Residents of Nova Scotia are being invited to submit recommendations for a three-year action plan to enhance safety, well-being, reconciliation, and rehabilitation in their communities. They are invited to submit recommendations for the action plan by filling out the Justice and Peace Questionnaire here. 

The consultation is part of a four-year initiative entitled 4th Wall: Justice, Art and Youth Project, spearheaded by the Michaëlle Jean Foundation in partnership with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and Youth Art Connection. A special exhibition is on view at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia starting May 7 and featuring eleven jury-selected groups of artists whose artworks address Indigenous rights, African Canadian experiences with incarceration, discrimination against LGBTQ Nova Scotians, and gender-based violence. It will be on display at the Gallery until June 19, 2016.

A special fund will then be created to enable youth-driven community organizations to work with the business, government, health, law, cultural and social service sectors to implement the plan over a three-year period.


Youth & Arts for Justice in Nova Scotia

The Michaëlle Jean Foundation, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and Youth Art Connection are convening the community to a public forum and exhibition opening, about empowering youth to use arts-based strategies to advance justice and peace across Nova Scotia, particularly in light of the recent spate of gun violence rocking the province.

Taking place at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on May 7, between 1 and 4 pm, the event will feature speeches, performances and a panel discussion with the artists from the latest 4th Wall: Justice, Art & Youth exhibition. The artists were jury selected, and their artwork—addressing Indigenous rights, African Canadian experiences with incarceration, discrimination against LGBTQ Nova Scotians and gender-based violence—will be displayed at the Gallery from May 7 to June 19, 2016.

Co-emceed by former and current poet laureates El Jones and Rebecca Thomas, the public forum will hear remarks from:

  • The Honourable Diana C. Whalen, Minister of Justice and Attorney General
  • The Honourable Tony Ince, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage
  • Marie Wilson, Commissioner at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (2009-2015)
  • Quentrel Provo, Founder and CEO, Stop the Violence Spread the Love
  • JRDN, Juno-Award winning artist

Organizers will also take the opportunity to kick off a province-wide consultation, inviting Nova Scotians to submit ideas for a three-year action plan for the use of arts to enhance safety, wellbeing, reconciliation, and rehabilitation in their communities.

Michaëlle Jean: A Woman of Purpose

In 2005, Michaëlle Jean became the Governor General of Canada. A dedicated journalist and citizen of the world, she devoted her mandate to youth, women, Indigenous people, and culture, promoting social change and international diplomacy. In 2010, the tragic earthquake in Haiti took her back to her native land. Michaëlle Jean: A Woman of Purpose is an insider’s look and a thoughtful portrait of the woman and the stateswoman.

The world premiere will be in Montreal (public viewing), on Thursday, April 21 at 6:30 pm at the main projection hall of the Cinémathèque québécoise. A second screening will take place at 8:30 pm at the same location. Other screenings will take place in:

  • Ottawa, Friday, April 22, 2016, at 7:30 pm at La Nouvelle Scène.
  • Quebec City, Saturday, April 23, 2016, at 7:00 pm at the Museum of Civilization.
  • Toronto, Friday, April 22, 2016, at 6:30 pm at Bloor Cinema, tied to the Hot Docs Festival.

The film will be broadcast across the country on ICI Radio-Canada TV, on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at 9:00 pm as part of the television program 1001 vies. It will be broadcast on TV5 Monde by the end of 2016.


Quebec City Youth are Preparing the “J’habite la ville” Exhibition

During the fall of 2014, the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, which supports youth arts initiatives that transform lives and revitalize underserved communities in Canada, invited the Musée de la civilisation of Quebec City to imagine a project, as part of the  4th Wall: Make the Invisible Visible program.

Over the course of several meetings, a unique project idea emerged: J’habite la ville. This multidisciplinary arts-based project is explicitly focused shedding light on the experiences and creativity of street-involved youth, aged 15 to 30, residing in Quebec City.

Following a call for proposals, undertaken in partnership with the Maison Dauphine, an organization that supports street-involved youth, as well as Laval University’s School of Architecture, six proposals were selected.

This collective impact project, with clear cultural, educational, social and philanthropic dimensions, is offering street-involved youth an opportunity to express, and convey to a wider audience, their personal vision about living in the city, through the arts. The exhibition will be presented at the Musée de la civilisation of Quebec City between September 27 and October 9, 2016.