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Thematic visits to Montreal community organisations which provide services to immigrants and refugees

FREE ACTIVITY

This will be a full day visit, each tour will be from 9:30 AM till 4:00 PM on Thursday, March 18. 
Bus transportation will be provided at 9:30 AM from Sheraton hotel to the first organisation and, at 4:00 PM from the second organisation to Sheraton hotel.  Travel in between the 2 organisations will be by public transit. 

You can register for these tour options when you register for the conference. If you already registered, please go back to your registration file to choose this activity. There is no extra cost to participate in these tour options.

 

Tour 1
Multi-service organisations in multiethnic neighbourhoods
Organisations providing services to newcomers play a vital role in the lives of immigrants and refugees in Quebec. We are offering organised visits to two multi-service organisations that have developed numerous activities to better serve the multiple needs of newcomers and support their efforts to settle successfully (e.g. orientation, multilingual information, housing, French classes, access to employment, psycho-sociological support, child care, activities specifically geared toward women, youth, etc.). Key to their success is the integration of these organizations into their neighbourhoods, creating spaces of dialogue and participation for many newcomers.

Centre d’appui aux communautés immigrantes,  4770 De Salaberry
Carrefour d’aide aux nouveaux immigrants, 10780 Laverdure

 

TOUR 2
Immigrant community organisations – The role of Haitian host organisations in the face of the Haitian crisis
The recent catastrophic events in Haiti have pushed Haitian community organisations to the forefront. The organisations of different immigrant communities play a vital role when a crisis of this magnitude happens. Very much in demand, how do they respond to the needs of their community and what are their strategies in the present context? This meeting will also allow participants to take stock of the situation on Haiti.

Maison d'Haïti, 8833 Saint Michel
Bureau de la communauté haïtienne de Montréal,  6970 Marquette

 

TOUR 3
The situation of refugee claimants in Québec
Every year, Québec is host to many people looking for refugee protection. Who are they and how are they received? Some organisations have developed expertise in this area and dedicate specific resources to support asylum seekers.

La Maisonnée, 6865 Christophe-Colomb
Projet Refuge, 5730 Pie IX

 

 

 

Two Urban Discovery Tours with L'Autre Montréal
COST OF $10 PER VISIT

From River to Mountain: A First Encounter with Montreéal

Founded in 1642 by a group of ultra-Catholic French people intent on converting the natives to Christianity, Montréal in the nineteenth century had become the largest city in British North America and the industrial heart of the Canadian economy. Loss of manufacturing jobs and the emergence of a service economy brought profound changes to the urban landscape in the twentieth century. L’Autre Montréal’s tour offers an opportunity to discover the history and geography of the city’s development: Old Montreal and the St. Lawrence river, key elements of Montréal’s identity; the downtown core and its transformations; affluent neighbourhoods on the slopes of Mount Royal, old working-class districts on the banks of the Lachine Canal, and neighbourhoods where today’s newly-arrived immigrants have settled. Current issues of urban planning are explored in a rapidly changing environment, and grass-roots organizations active in areas such as health, housing, adult literacy and community economic development are presented.

The Multicultural Quilt: From Early Immigrants to the Cultural Communities of Today

For centuries, Montréal has been a meeting-place for people of different cultures. Some (the original inhabitants) have been here for thousands of years; some came as missionaries, settlers, or conquerors, others as slaves; some came as immigrants. L’Autre Montréal’s bus tour explores the history of the city as a home shared by many groups: French and English, Scottish and Irish, Jewish and Chinese, Afro-Canadian and Afro-Caribbean, Lebanese and Greek, Italian and Portuguese, Vietnamese and Indo-Pakistani. Beginning in Old Montréal, the tour takes visitors along the old waterfront where Irish immigrants worked on the docks, close by the railway station where black American immigrants worked as porters, through Chinatown, and up St. Lawrence Boulevard, the street where Jews from Eastern and Central Europe, and Portuguese, Italian, Greek and many other immigrants found a home. The last part of the tour takes participants to Parc-Extension, an immigrant neighbourhood shared today by some eighty different cultural communities.

L'Autre Montréal

L'Autre Montréal is an educational group that has been offering guided bus tours of the city since the late 1970s. While conventional guided tours focus on famous people and well-known landmarks, L'Autre Montréal is primarily interested in the "other" Montreal: the city of working people and immigrants, labour unions and grass-roots organizing, factories and working-class housing. Incorporated as a non-profit in 1983, the group includes people with backgrounds in history, architecture, sociology and urban planning. Most tours are designed for Montrealers, but L’Autre Montréal guides also enjoy the opportunity to share their enthusiasm with visitors.

 

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