From January 25 to 29, the borough proposes free readings, podcasts and films related to the theme, under the theme “Getting to know each other”.
To mark the Day of Remembrance and Action against Islamophobia and all forms of discrimination, and Muslim Awareness Week, the Borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro created a list of cultural activities for young and adults. This initiative from the Borough Council is meant to be a unifying event that reflects our inclusive and supportive community.
Raising awareness about the need to respect differences
This event is a follow-up to the mayor’s commitment, with the support of his Borough Council, to mark annually the “Day of Remembrance and Action Against Islamophobia and All Forms of Discrimination”, in order not only to perpetuate the memory of the 6 Canadian-Muslim victims of the January 29, 2017 attack in Quebec city, but also to raise public awareness about the need to respect differences.
In Pierrefonds-Roxboro, we are committed to respecting differences and continually organize events to raise awareness and prevent discrimination and violence (on the basis of religion, gender, race, sexual orientation, and disability). It is through initiatives of this type that we will succeed together in eliminating hate crimes and maintaining the peace and harmony that prevails in our Borough.
Participate in large numbers, and together let’s get to know each other better!
The loan of documents is possible by reservation only at the Pierrefonds library. To do so, documents must be reserved online or by phone at 514 626-1800. When you receive a notice by e-mail or telephone informing you that the documents are ready for pick-up, you may come to the counter at your library.
Tuesday, January 26
Discover the Youth’s suggestions
Did you know that a selection of children’s books for an egalitarian world exists?
Kaléidoscope’ website (in french only) offers more than 400 books in French encouraging children to eliminate their stereotyped behavior and preconceived ideas, reflection, the emergence of critical thinking, openness and tolerance. If you want reading suggestions, contact your librarians at the Pierrefonds library (514-626-1800). They will gladly suggest you titles.
Wednesday, January 27
Watch the documentary: Breaking the Code
Did you know that even today, there is still a code that Black, Indigenous and people of colour must follow?
To learn more, watch the documentary Breaking the Code, which aims to raise awareness of the Quebec majority about the racism that racialized and Aboriginal people still experience today. (In French Only)
Thursday, January 28
Watch the movie: Our People Will be Healed
Find out how education can enrich the lives of Indigenous youth.
Our People Will Be Healed, Alanis Obomsawin’s 50th film, reveals how a Cree community in Manitoba has been enriched through the power of education. The Helen Betty Osborne Ininiw Education Resource Centre in Norway House, north of Winnipeg, receives a level of funding that few other Indigenous institutions enjoy. Its teachers help their students to develop their abilities and their sense of pride.
Friday, January 29
Take part in the discussion
Did you know that a discussion group on racism exists in Pierrefonds-Roxboro ?
The West Island Black Community Association (WIBCA) created a group committed to fight racism within ourselves, our community and our world by listening to the voices of Black, Indigenous and people of colour through anti-racist literature, films and podcasts with the ultimate goal to better understand their reality.
Here is our librarians’ suggestions!
Book: Let’s talk about race
Mr. Lester shares his own story as he explores what makes each of us special. Karen Barbour’s dramatic, vibrant paintings speak to the heart of Lester’s unique vision, truly a celebration of all of us. A book by Julius Lester.
Illustration book: Viola Desmond won’t be budged
With vibrant illustrations and oral-style prose, this book tells Viola’s story with sympathy and historical accuracy. Book by Jody Nyasha Warner.
Book: Love, Hate & Other Filters
Maya Aziz, seventeen, is caught between two worlds. The first is the one of her India-born parents who want their daughter to attend college and marry a older suitable Muslim boy. The second is her own dream world in which she attends a film school and dates Phil, her classmate. However, a terrorist attack will change her life forever. A book by Samira Ahmed.
Book: Love from A to Z
Zayneb’s teacher won’t stop reminding the class how “bad” Muslims are. But Zayneb, the only Muslim in class, isn’t bad. She’s angry. When she gets suspended for confronting her teacher, and he begins investigating her activist friends, Zayneb heads to her aunt’s house in Doha, Qatar, for an early start to spring break. — adapted from jacket
Book: We have always been here - a queer Muslim memoir
A queer Muslim searches for the language to express her truest self, making peace with her sexuality, her family and Islam. A book by Samra Habib
Book: How to be Antiracist
Combines ethics, history, law, and science with a personal narrative to describe how to move beyond the awareness of racism and contribute to making society just and equitable. A book by Ibram X. Kendi.
Book: Me and White Supremacy
Me and White Supremacy teaches readers how to dismantle the privilege within themselves so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too. A book by Layla F. Saad.
Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. It offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas to people who want to increase their understanding, and to help those working for racial justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities, and the culture at large.
Podcast : Talking to Canadians
Talking to Canadians is a podcast that strives to tell the unique and diverse stories of Canadians. CCDI’s Founder & CEO, Michael Bach, sits down with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and dives into their unique, lived experiences, to share what connects us as Canadians. By Michael Bach and the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion