Michaëlle Jean Foundation Co-Hosts Forum on Inclusion & Muslim Youth

In the presence of Her Excellency, the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Secretary General of the International Organisation of La Francophonie, the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and the Institute for Research and Education on Race Relations, are co-hosting, on December 10, The Art of Inclusion: Muslim Youth Take the Lead Form, as part of their educational exhibition that carries the same name.

To mark global Human Rights Day, the Forum will convene youth, the artists featured in the exhibition, influential members of Muslim communities, elected officials, specialists, and institutional representatives to identify strategies to promote the full inclusion of Muslim youth into the social, economic, political and cultural fabric of Quebec and Canadian society. 

The presentation-exhibition seeks to make visible the rich diversity of Muslim youth in Quebec, by offering an unprecedented opportunity to discover, for the first time in a major Quebec museum, the world through their eyes. For The Art of Inclusion, ten jury-selected artists had a unique opportunity to express, through their artwork, their attachment to Quebec and Canada, and ideas on ways to ensure the full participation of Muslim youth in all spheres of society.

During the Forum, three workshops will be offered and will address the following themes:  

  1. Employment, Entrepreneurship and Training,which will seek to identify strategies to increase employment, entrepreneurship and training for Muslim youth.
  2. Civic Participation and Inclusion, which will look at identifying ways to enhance the civic participation of Muslim youth in the democratic life of the municipality, province and country.
  3. Struggle against Islamophobia and Its Consequences, which will explore ways to counter discrimination, hate crimes and related challenges.

Among the featured panelists will be: Ms. Kathleen Weil, Minister of Immigration, Inclusion and Diversity; Ms. Nathalie Bondil, Director and Chief Curator of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; Mr. Jean-Daniel Lafond; Co-Chair and Executive Director of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation; Mr. Monsef Derraji, President and Executive director of the Confederation of Youth Boards of Trade of Quebec; Ms. Hanadi Saad, Coordinator of Justice Femmes; Mr. Haroun Bouazzi, Co-Chair of l’Association des Musulmans et des Arabes pour la laïcité; Ms Denise Helly, Professor and Researcher at INRS; and Ms. Bochra Manaï, instructor at the University of Ottawa and postdoctoral fellow at the University of Montreal.     

The Art of Inclusion at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Thanks to a partnership between the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA), and the Institute for Research and Education on Race Relations, the educational exhibition The Art of Inclusion: Muslim Youth take the Lead is open free to the public from November 17, 2016, to January 8, 2017, at the MMFA. This special feature focuses on making visible the rich diversity and talents embodied by the Muslim youth of Quebec, by offering an unprecedented opportunity to the public to discover, for the first time in a museum setting, the world through their own eyes. A jury selected ten artists, offering each of them a unique chance to express, through their own artwork, their strong attachment to Quebec and Canada and to highlight ways to enhance their integration into all spheres of our society.  For more information.

2016 Fresh Voices Award

The 2016 Fresh Voices Awards recognize the inspiration and leadership of immigrant and refugee youth in British Columbia and across Canada. Seven young people will be awarded $1,000 each for their work advancing social change in the following areas: Immigration, School and English/French Language Learning, Family, Building Bridges and Working in Solidarity. These themes were chose through consultation with immigrant and refugee youth and organizations and communities working in partnership with young people. Youth, aged 14-24, may apply for an award directly, or can nominate someone else to receive an award. Adults can only nominate someone else for an award. All nomination packages must be received by the Fresh Voices Initiative of Vancouver Foundation via e-mail on Friday, November 18, 2016 by 5pm PST. For more information.

Street-Involved Youth Showcased in Quebec City

As part of its exhibition series, the 4th Wall : Make the Invisible Visible, the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, in partnership with the Museum of Civilization of Quebec, La Dauphine and the Architecture School of Laval University, opened the exhibition « J’habite la ville » from September 7 to November 1, 2016. This groundbreaking exhibition highlighted the multidisciplinary work of three street-involved youth.

In this, the project offered a unique opportunity to street-involved youth from Quebec City to express themselves creatively on their often precarious realities and needs, through original artwork they completed in close collaboration with architecture students.

On September 27, 2016,  in the atrium of the Quebec Museum of Civilization, the Foundation and its partners convened the public to an open forum. There, researchers, specialists and visionaries discussed ways to enhance quality of life in the city and identify solutions to improve the lot of street-involved youth.