“Always make your voice heard!”

October 24, 2017

41 iconic floors up on a foggy Montreal morning, three young people shared their visions for the future at Equitas’ first Diversity Speakers Series event.

Held inside the conference room of the Royal Bank of Canada on the top floor of Place Ville Marie, Schadlin and Youveline from Maison d’Haiti and Moussa from Canadian Roots Exchange spoke and answered questions about their work in promoting diversity and inclusion with their peers and in their communities.

Schadlin and Youveline brought hypersexualisation in the media to the attention of their school-age peers, producing videos and educating their friends on the harms of sexism. Moussa worked to engage young people from Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (NDG) and youth from Kahnawake—two communities just across the river from each other! —, finding common ground, making bridges, and building solidarity.

“My advice is always make your voice heard no matter your age,” said Youveline, who took this advice for 11-year-old self.
Moussa’s words for the crowd: “Go to the youth! Don’t wait for them to come to you.”

90 people attended the breakfast conversation, including RBC’s President, Quebec Headquarters, Martin Thibodeauwho welcomed the guests, and the president of Quebec’s Commision des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse, Camil Picard, who delivered the closing remarks. Read more here