Experiences of Refugee Youth News

Stéphanie Gasana et Léontine Uwababyeyi au Téléjournal de Radio-Canada

Two "Mapping Memories" project participants from the Experiences of Refugee Youth working group are currently visiting high schools to share their experience. Radio-Canada's Téléjournal covered their work on December 12, 2011. You can watch it here

"Stéphanie and Léontine survived the Rwandan genocide in 1994.Today, refugees in Canada, the two young women are participating in a Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling project at Concordia University. together, they facilitate workshops in Montreal high schools during which they testify and tell their own story, that of two little girls who escaped the massacres before becoming refugees thousands of kilometers away from their country of birth."

Ayanda Keith Dubé is CBC's "Montrealer of the Week"!

Ayanda Keith Dubé, a young Montrealer from Zimbabwe who came to Canada as a refugee, participated in the "Mapping Memories" project led by Liz Miller and Michele Luchs from the Experiences of refugee youth working group. You can view the digital story he created here.

Ayanda and the Mapping Memories team are currently visiting schools to present their work and the methodological manual they have developed.

On 14 November, the CBC did a report on Ayanda and named him "Montrealer of the Week."

Congratulations to Ayanda and the "Mapping Memories" team!

"Mapping Memories" Book Launch featured in the Montreal Gazette!

On October 12, Liz Miller, Michele Luchs, and Gracia Jalea from the "Experiences of Refugee Youth" working group invited community partners, teachers, and researchers to join them for the launch of their "Mapping Memories" book.

"Mapping Memories is a book/DVD of first-person narratives by youth with refugee experiences. Discover compelling digital stories and films about migration, belonging, tolerance, cultural identity, and personal resilience. The project offers practical insights on using digital storytelling, mapping, video, photovoice, soundscapes, and oral history. Explore the power of using personal stories to inspire audiences, counter biases, and build understanding in classrooms and communities. We are thrilled to let you know that 100% of the proceeds from the book will go towards scholarships for the youth involved."

Participants Stéphanie Gasana, Leontine Uwababyeyi, and Ayanda Dube were invited to share their experience with the audience. No Bad Sound music group also performed on stage. The Montreal Gazette covered this colourful event. You can read the article here.

Long Term Memory Radio

Tune into CKUT 90.3 FM this Wednesday, April 20, from 5 and 6 PM, to hear a special edition of Off the Hour: Long Term Memory Radio on the 17th commemoration of the genocide of the Tutsis in Rwanda. Interviews with members of PAGE-Rwanda and Life Stories Montreal, produced by Sandra and Stéphanie Gasana, in collaboration with Courtney Kirkby.

And then, this Friday, April 22 at 8:15 AM, an interview with Montreal-based Kurdish artist Khadija Baker, about her
piece, My Little Voice Can’t Lie, part of the [in-tur-pri-tey-shunz] exhibit taking place at Concordia’s FOFA gallery
until April 29.

Special Radio Broadcast this Saturday!

Tune into CKUT 90.3 FM on Saturday August 21 from 2 to 4 PM to listen to a special broadcast of Funky Revolutions. Participants from the Radioworks! and Refugee Youth radio workshop will host a 2-hour special about music, story and memory.

You will hear an eclectic mix of music of special significance, personal stories and political commentary from Stephanie, Ayanda, Marie Francoise, Bylow and Rania. A broadcast not to be missed!

News report

The report on the guided visit by refugees and children of refugess will be broadcast today ...
to listen starting at 5 p.m. this Thursday go to

www.rcinet.ca, Tam Tam Canada program


Chroniques Diane Santerre

Gracia Jalea's Full Exposure 2009 book

Full Exposure 2009 is a participatory photography project for high school students from differing socio-economic backgrounds. It was developped by Gracia Jalea, a graduate student at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec as part of her Master's thesis project.

This project will seek to examine the ways in which the class cultural values of society's ruling elite are consistently privileged in the secondary school system which often encourages students from less-privileged socio-econimic backgrounds to supress their class identities and experiences.

"Inspired by visual pedagogy and PhotoVoice's guding principles, I have developed a participatory action research project prototype that seeks to uncover whether photography can be used as an instigator for discussion on class differences in the classroom. My project will seek to provide high school students with the chance to learn digital photography skills that will enable them to express their class identities while also allowing them to consider, critique and discuss the impact that dominant class cultural values and ideologies have had on their education. In addition, as per PhotoVoice, my project gives participants to learn a new and potentially valuable skill." - Gracia Jalea

Download the book here.

Media Intern Needed


Position Title: Media Intern
Group: Refugee Youth Working Group
Hours/Week: 10-15 hours/week
Reporting To: Liz Miller, Working Group Coordinator

Project Description:

Working through, and in collaboration with, the Montréal Life Stories CURA Project, Mapping Memories: Stories of Refugee Youth in Montreal is a collaborative multi-media project which aims to integrate video, new media and personal stories to raise awareness around the situation of refugee youth in Montréal. Our work will be broadcast online, on television, via radio podcasts, and will be integrated into school curriculums and community projects.

This project is the initiative of artists, educators, filmmakers, students and youth from Concordia University and the Montréal community. The project is a collaboration with individuals and groups working with the Canadian Council for Refugees to support refugee youth. Our objective is to produce creative work that will have an impact on policy, art, education and the lives of the youth involved. Using participatory methodologies we train and involve youth participants.

Key Responsibilities: Digital Designer

· Assist in producing & editing video interviews with refugee artists
· Compress videos for on-line video website blip.tv
· Manage videos on our website
· Transcribe video interviews
· Translate materials from English to French, and possibly other languages
· Assist in media workshops with refugee youth

Education and Experience:

Undergraduate degree in a media related field
Film and journalism students encouraged to apply
3 years of media experience

Other Qualifying Skills And/Or Abilities:

· Bilingual fluency: English and French, spoken and written.
· Knowledge of Photoshop and Final Cut Pro
· Familiarity with Drupal, Delicious, Google Earth and Blip.tv
· We are looking for an intern who can work independently with the ability to shoot and edit video footage that is produced for the project. Video editing experience with Final Cut Pro is required. The
candidate must be tech savvy with an interest in online video.

How to Apply:

If you are interested in applying for this internship please forward your CV no later than September 21st to Liz Miller (or Gracia Jalea) at mappingmemories@gmail.com.

Occasional Paper Published on Youth Media Workshop

An occasional paper, written by Gracia Jalea, has been published reflecting on the successes and challenges of the Mapping Memories: Youth Media Workshop

This paper is a case study describing and reflecting on the experiences shared in the Mapping Memories: Youth Media Workshop that took place from September to November 2008 at the Maison des jeunes Côte-des-Neiges. The study includes a descriptive account of the project and critically evaluates the successes and challenges faced by both the facilitators and the group, during this eight-week period.
To dowload a copy of this paper please refer to the publications section of this website.

Life Stories Youth Work Featured on CBC Radio

On December 1, 2008 partisipants in the workshops organized by the Life Stories project's Refugee Youth Working Group were featured on CBC Radio 1 broadcast Radio Noon.