For more than 15 years now, the Inter-Community Harmony committee has facilitated exchanges and made it easier to carry out a multitude of different projects (municipal services, mobilization in the region, and social and cultural activities for all age groups) by bringing together residents of the francophone village of Pointe-à-la-Croix and the anglophone Mi’gmaq community of Listuguj.
Education component - to provide instruction, to socialize and to provide qualifications:
Activities took place several time a month, in addition to informal get-togethers. Over the years, friendships have been formed, and the openness and curiosity displayed by the students as ambassadors have made it possible to establish lasting and mutual respect. This has had a positive impact on relations between the communities. When choosing what action to take, members are guided by values that include tolerance, sharing, openness, attentiveness and communication. The Harmony project has led to more such initiatives: other schools have joined and their efforts have been rewarded with several prizes, including the Anne Greenup Foundation Award of Merit for the fight against racism and discrimination, and the Impact sur la communauté prize from the MSSS.
A concrete example:
This year, francophone kindergarten students attending the schools in Pointe-à-la-Croix, Matapédia and Saint François were twinned with anglophone kindergarten students from Listuguj for a crafting activity. For the first time, the children met the other children with whom they were paired and got to know each other. They had great talks and fun, and connected with each other easily. This ice-breaking activity enabled some 90 students, 8 teachers, 8 educators and 2 adults to share and have an enjoyable time together.