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The First Door: Finding Home in a New Place

Projet Refuge provides temporary shelter and services to individuals seeking asylum in Montreal and is an initiative of Montreal City Mission, founded in 1910. Sylvain Thibault invited "Mapping Memories" to offer "Tell Me A Story: Still Photo Workshops" over the course of a year reaching over 100 residents. We also made, The First Door, a documentary that profiles Sylvain, the residence coordinator and three remarkable individuals who have passed through the residence, Maison Haider. The film offers a unique insight into how refugees navigate their first few weeks in a new city. The First Door film also features Radio Refuge, a weekly French language radio program airing Mondays 10 am from Radio Centreville (St-Laurent and Fairmount) on 102.3 MHz.

Over the course of one year Mapping Memories collaborated with Maison Haider, a residence for newly arrived refugee claimants. Together with the Canadian Council for Refugees and student volunteers, we conducted weekend workshops in mapping, digital storytelling and still photography involving over 100 young men.


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