Montreal's buildings and walls are alive with vibrancy and colour, a sensory experience created by the many murals and pieces of street art found in the city's streets. Walking about Montreal is the only way to feel the energy of the city's urban art, until now, as Parc Cité brings the magic of Montreal's murals right into your home.
Parc Cité, located at 3440 Avenue du Parc is an off-campus student residence, has done things a little differently. Rather than just re-purpose an old hotel and change some decorations around, Parc Cité has given a mural-makeover to the entire residency, as local Montreal artists have adorned almost every wall with works of street art.
Montreal's unique outdoor urban-art culture is embodied in Parc Cité, only indoors, creating a student living space unlike any other in the city. Add the artistic atmosphere to the high speed 'net, 24 hour fitness center, mass amounts of study rooms, state of the art laundry facilities, and dining, room, and 24hr customer service and you'll see why we're pretty pumped about how Parc Cité is doing things differently.
Parc Cité didn't always look this way though. Jason Botkin, curator of EN MASSE, a homegrown creative- artistic project is the man behind the buildings' totally refurnished walls. You might recognize EN MASSE's artistic style from various city- wide projects such as at Osheaga, Cabaret Underworld, the Eaton Centre and Divan Orange.
Any student can live at Parc Cité and appreciate street art and nearly every convenience on the daily. McGill and Concordia campuses are very close by, but so are cafés, grocery stores, the metro, and the downtown core, so any student can see the perks of living at Parc Cité.
Art truly does set Parc Cité apart from the other student residences in Montreal, so take a look at the pics below to get a sense of all the cool visuals, facilities, and rooms you'll enjoy while living at Parc Cité.
Check out some these awesome photos of the art installations at Parc Cité:
The Greenhound Canada Foundation, an ecological advocacy group, will be hosting this free-to-attend market at Leaves House Café McGill from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting on September 18.
This series of markets is "part of Greenhound Foundation's campaign to support mental wellness and community connectedness through plants and nature," according to a press release shared with MTL Blog.
The funds raised from the market will go towards supporting community projects and the development of a "healing garden" in Montreal.
The market this weekend will host creators such as Les Filles Plantées, Ivkaforest, MTL Creation Boutique, MTLA Studio, Soft Earth Forest Therapy, and desputeaux+aubin (creators of Caillou). There will be something for everyone!
A McGill spokesperson told MTL Blog, "Given that the recent incident exacerbated existing damage to the sculpture, it has been removed for repair and restoration. Whether, following this work, the sculpture will return to its current site is not yet determined."
We were further told that "as part of its Action Plan to Address Anti-Black Racism, the University is committed to exploring its historic record." This action plan pledged an investment of $15 million over five years to address racism and develop better representation in both the faculty and student community.
An investigation regarding the statue's vandalism is currently ongoing, the results of which will decide whether the statue will be returned to its current site or be relocated elsewhere.
The bill was first tabled by Quebec's Minister of Indigenous Affairs, Ian Lafrenière, in December 2020, and it was passed following consultations between the government and Indigenous families in Quebec.
The goal was to meet the needs of Indigenous families while respecting their "culture and language, and also their suffering," according to the ministry.
The ministry also said it hopes "to support families in their quest for truth and also in the healing process."
In 2019, a report by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls called on the Quebec government to provide Indigenous families with information on children who had been apprehended following admission to a hospital or health centre in Quebec.
How does the new law work?
Once it's implemented on September 21, Bill 79 will give Indigenous families access to personal information from "a health and social services institution, an organization or a religious congregation" about the circumstances surrounding the disappearance or death of children admitted to a health and social services institution in Quebec before December 31, 1992.
The government will provide the information through exemptions to Quebec's current laws that prevent disclosing personal information.
Under the new law, Quebec's minister responsible for Indigenous affairs will also have the power to launch an investigation if government information could help Indigenous families, but can't be disclosed because of the province's existing rules on disclosing personal information.
How have Indigenous leaders reacted to the new law?
On June 14, leaders from the Cree Nation said that while the law is an important step to "apologize or begin to compensate for the harm suffered by Indian Residential School survivors," the scope of the law needs to be revised since Indigenous children "were taken and never returned" for reasons beyond medical care in Quebec.
The Cree Nation specified that Quebec's education system was the largest "pretext for the institutionalized abduction of children," and that the school system's absence from Bill 79 means more action is needed.
The Grand Council of the Crees stated that not all Indigenous youth or community members will feel comfortable contacting the Quebec government for help with traumatic events that were associated with "governments they do not feel are their own."
The Council recommended that Quebec put mechanisms in place so Indigenous governments can represent and serve the needs of their own people.