Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Jamie Montréal, Quebec

Fair address: Fête du patrimoine de Montréal

Project: Les effets de la Convention de Baie James sur la communauté de Waskaganish

In this video, I review the economic and cultural effects that the James Bay agreement had on Waskaganish, a small cree community located in James Bay, northern Quebec.

What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

I learned how different the lives of people living in the community are and how although some things may be altered from one part of Canada to the next, we are all one big community and we must all look out for each other and support one another.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

It was very interesting for me to see the way people lived somewhere that geographically is so close to me in Montreal but has such different culture and economics. It is important for all Canadians to know the different kinds of people living around them and how their situations differ.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

Living in the urban city of Montreal is very different from life in the small community of Waskaganish. The culture of Montreal is vey different from that of Waskaganish, since Waskaganish, being an Aboriginal community has been around for so much longer and has a whole different culture and population from Montreal, who is a fairly new city city in comparison. the whole environment and how individuals act with each other is so different. Waskaganish is such a small community that one could walk down the street and recognize almost everyone they see, while in Montreal, one could walk around for days and never once see someone they know.

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Project partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
  • Canadian Heritage / Patrimoine Canadien
  • Government of Canada
  • HBC: Hudson's Bay Company
  • ecentricarts inc.