Community Learning Project – McGill-Kyodai

Community Learning Project

A special part of your program is the community-based learning project. With your monitor, you and your group will research, explore and investigate your theme in depth.

You will visit interesting places and interview interesting people. At the end, you will prepare and give a presentation to the students in the other groups about your experiences and what you learned.

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Bilingualism and Multilingualism

Canada is officially bilingual (English and French) which means the federal government operates in both languages, and all federal documents and services must be available in both, as well.

At the same time, 20% of Canadian residents were born in another country. Newcomers naturally teach their languages to their children, and often try to maintain their cultural identity within our diverse society.

Montreal is a unique city in Canada and North America. Unlike elsewhere, the majority of people living in this city speak more than one language, and on the street you’ll hear people switching between two or three languages in the same conversation.

 

Religious Diversity in Canadian Society

Montreal has a long history of immigration, and over the years, our city has become extremely diverse in ethnicities – French, English, Irish, Scottish, Italians, Greeks, Chinese, Vietnamese, Koreans, Arabs, Latin Americans, Russians, and the list goes on and on.

Al Rawdah Mosque in Saint LaurentThe newcomers bring their religious beliefs with them. And when a community establishes itself here, it often builds a place of worship which doubles as a community centre. It is a place not only where religious rituals happen, but also where people can speak one’s native language, and spend time with people from the same background – a place a little like home.

In this project you will visit several places of worship and talk to people there about the role of religion in the cultural communities they belong to.

You will visit a multi-faith centre at a university, a Muslim mosque, a Jewish synagogue, a Unitarian church, and other institutions.

Some of Montreal’s most famous churches:

Notre Dame Basilica in Old Montreal

Saint Joseph’s Oratory on Mount Royal

Mary Queen of World Cathedral in downtown Montreal

Notre Dame de Bonsecours Chapel in the Old Port

You can read more about these churches in the Places to Go in Montreal page in this handbook.

Multifaith banner - live in harmony

Urban Environmental Sustainability

In Canada, we have a beautiful natural environment, but we don`t always take good care of it. In fact, Canada is one of the worst creators of greenhouse gases like CO2 and methane, because we have a large oil industry and many of us use fossil fuels to heat our homes in the cold winter.

Bixi station in MontrealThe province of Quebec is a little better, because we have lots of clean, renewable hydro electricity, but in many ways we could do much better.

However, Montrealers have come up with some very interesting and unique ways to be friendlier to the planet.

In this project, you and your group will visit and learn about several special ways our city is trying to improve sustainability.

Bixi bicycle sharing – a Montreal success story

Communauto – a car sharing service for city people
Lufa Farms – producing vegetables in rooftop greenhouses in the city
Tohu – a unique circus center with a strong sustainability connection

Biosphere – the former Expo 67 building that is now a museum about sustainability

Tomatos in a Lufa Farms greenhouse

Bixi image courtesy Yanick Crépeau, Wikimedia Commons

Tomatoes image courtesy Lufa Farms