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Group 1 - Lowertown English and Francophone Immigrant and Minority Youth – Spring-Summer 2013

Group 2 - Entering and exiting the street, a question of unequal power and opportunity? The role of structural violence in the life-course of street involved and homeless youth - Fall 2013

 


 

Lowertown English and Francophone Immigrant and Minority Youth – Spring-Summer 2013

The Newcomer youth group was facilitated in Ottawa, Ontario by Dr. Simon Lapierre, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, and Ms. Nadine Lamoureux, Masters Student, School of Social Work,  both from the University of Ottawa.

Throughout this project, the research team worked with youth in Ottawa’s Lowertown neighbourhood. Lowertown is comprised of a mix of English-speaking residents, Francophone residents and residents with other mother tongues and is home to a wide variety of immigrants and visible minorities. The research participants were youth between the ages of 12 and 17, who were attending a drop-in centre located in this local community. The drop-in centre is part of the Lowertown Community Resource Centre (LCRC). In addition to the LCRC the research group also collaborated with One World Arts (OWA).

 

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Entering and exiting the street, a question of unequal power and opportunity? The role of structural violence in the life-course of street involved and homeless youth - Fall 2013

In the fall of 2013, the Ottawa Innercity Ministries group “Passion 4 Youth Fine Arts Program,” an art group run for street involved youth in Ottawa, collaborated with the Voices against Violence national research project for a study of the young artists’ experiences of social injustice.  For three months the group met every week and the artist-co-researchers discussed their experiences of social injustice. These group discussions, combined with time and space for individual reflection, served as the inspiration for the artist-co-researchers’ works of art. The collaboration culminated with the art exhibit “Critical Impressions Art Show. A question of unequal power and opportunity? Exploring the role of structural violence in the lives of street involved youth” which was open to the community.  The ongoing discussions and ultimately the art pieces that were produced principally reflected the consequences of power imbalances and inequitable distribution of resources within society and the impact of those two issues on the artist-co-researchers’ life chances, transitions, identity, and personal growth.

The youth co-researchers held an art-exhibit November 28, 2-14 that addresses structural violence in their lives in order to facilitate dialogue about the structural violence they experience.  

Critical Impressions Art show.  A question of Unequal power and opportunity? Exploring the role of structural violence in the lives of street engaged youth.

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Images from the show

 

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