Relationships and dialogue
This year, by building relationships and fostering dialogue, two innovative initiatives involving the integration of immigrants made the borough of Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce into one big playground.
A documentary on immigration by a filmmaker in residence
As part of a creative residency at maison de la culture de Notre-Dame-de-Grâce that had the support of the Conseil des arts de Montréal, documentary filmmaker Catherine Hébert worked on stories about immigration and the courage of those who come from afar to start a whole new life in Montréal.
During her residency, she also gave a presentation on her profession, as well as conducted film workshops introducing participants to the latest technologies. She also held a screening of her most recent documentary, Notes on a Road Less Taken.
Every year, various cultural mediation initiatives provide Montrealers with direct contact with the arts. People in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce were invited to take part in a project by filmmaker Paul Tom called Correspondances. With the aid of digital communications fostering dialogue between new residents and old, relationships were built, certain faces became more familiar, and their neighbourhood became friendlier and more welcoming. Cultural mediator Ève-Lyne Cayouette was able to forge synergies among residents of the same place, contributing to a greater sense of belonging. This unifying social initiative also stimulated and channelled the creativity of participants, who, with the help of Paul Tom, made their own videos.