June 2018 : Empreintes Project : an evening to celebrate youth projects

The school year is almost over for the Empreintes committees at Jules-Verne in Vancouver, Au-Cœur-de-l’île in Comox, Pionniers-de-Maillardville in Port Coquitlam and Victor-Brodeur in Victoria.  These committees worked all year to create an inclusive and safe environment within their schools, and it is time to celebrate all of their achievements.

A busy end to the school year
Although the end of the school year is approaching, the Empreintes committees are not relenting in their efforts. The committees from all four schools worked hard in preparation of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17th. A student from école des Pionniers won the contest organized by the committee and their drawing will be re-done by a professional and displayed within the school. École Au-Cœur-de-l’île in Comox demonstrated their commitment to their local community by organizing a pride march. The committee at Jules-Verne raised $220 that will be donated to the Rainbow Railroad organization. There are several more projects in the works, such as a paralympic week at Jules-Verne and a workshop on LGBTQ+ pride at école des Pionniers on Friday, June 1st which was organized in collaboration with the student council.

A celebratory evening
The evening of celebrations for the Empreintes projects will take place on Friday, June 15th at the theatre at école Jules-Verne. This evening will be an opportunity for the youth to present their committees and the projects they developed over the course of the school year to the other committees as well as to members of the community interested in these topics. Between each student-led presentation, there will be artistic performances and works on display. Many actors will be present to share their experiences and to read poems on the themes of racism and sexism. We will have the chance to hear Mme Morgane Oger discuss her fight for trans rights and her contributions to the trans community. Geneviève Dubuc, a student from Jules-Verne will perform songs related to the themes discussed throughout the school year. Finally, we will also have the opportunity to watch an interdisciplinary performance integrating elements of slam poetry and film, developed specifically for this evening by Vincent Deslauriers, a professor and artist.

Anyone interested in the fight against racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia is welcome. Contact [email protected] for more information or to sign up!

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