MONTREAL, OCTOBER 30, 2011 – A school tour based on the innovative multi-media project “Mapping Memories” is set to make its first stop this Friday, November 4 (11:30 a.m.) at LaurenHill Academy Junior Campus (2355 Decelles) in St. Laurent.
Co-edited by Michele Luchs, coordinator of English arts programs for the Ministry of Education, Leisure and Sports and Liz Miller, a communications professor at Concordia University, Mapping Memories is an initiative which uses digital stories to build understanding around refugee rights and promote tolerance and understanding of refugee rights and ethnic differences in classrooms. The project is part of Life Stories of Montreal, a five-year project in which over 400 individuals have been interviewed and have shared their stories of survival.
Visiting schools and institutions around Montreal, the goal of Mapping Memories is to engage 13 to 17 year olds around the subjects of refugee experiences, migration, human rights violations, belonging, tolerance, cultural identity, and personal resilience.
Bringing real-life examples to the classroom, three youth speakers will engage the students directly. Ayanda Dube, who fled Zimbabwe as an unaccompanied at age 17; Leontine Uwababyeyi, an orphan of the Rwandan Genocide who was 19 years old when she left Rwanda; and Stephanie Gasana, who grew up in Ethiopia sheltered from the knowledge of the Rwandan Genocide, or that her own family had survived it, are all part of the book/DVD and will share their personal experiences and initiate dialogue in high school classrooms.
“We wanted to work on a project where we can help people tell their stories and help create stories that other people would want to hear,” said Luchs. “The intention was to share stories with others and for students to see that you can go through hard times and develop strength within yourself and how important it is to know where you’re from and understand your past. By sharing, we can overcome stereotypes and biases.”
For more information about the school tour contact: Michele Luchs or Liz Miller at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org For more information about the project, please visit: www.mappingmemories.ca or www.lifestoriesmontreal.ca/.