I remember very well of our heated discussions, in the sixties, in the midst of a Revolution in a quiet, around the notion of French-Canadian and Quebecois.
Say Quebec seemed like a sacrilege, a blasphemy required that could even get shots of the rocks… or a truncheon. Being French Canadian meant for us to be backward-looking, it was associated not our survival, but to a state of submission, loser and subject to religious authority. We were resolutely secular, and we wanted a clear line of demarcation between yesterday and today. All the paradox was there.
But, 50 years later, I wonder if we had reason to take our distance from this French-canadian identity, to the point of wanting to delete it forever, like a tare shameful. It is more or less what asks the professor, and sociologist Jacques Beauchemin in his new book. “That make national history in a pluralist society and multi-ethnic where the monopoly held by the French Canadians on his writing seems less legitimate ? ”
This national history, in spite of our refusal to assume, at this time, our past history of losing, has left indelible traces that have influenced our behavior. The words of Lord Durham, in the aftermath of the uprisings crushed in 1837-1838, have long resonated in the us, says the author : “a People without history and without literature” speaking of us, as well as those of the prime minister of Canada Wilfrid Laurier, in 1899 : “The province of Quebec does not have opinions, she has feelings. “Such judgments have helped in some way, our distance from the political thing until the quiet Revolution.
Feeling of defeat
Two camps were designed then, the federalist and the separatist. The two sides ensured to want to bring Quebec into modernity, the duplessisme representing the old world and the conservatism. Whereas, previously, the affirmation of our identity and the fight for our survival, passed through the valuation of our condition of settlers from New France. We would be indebted for what we are today – think of our ideal of sovereignty – those who have maintained the identity associated with the earth and to the catholic religion, a surrogate of our values, but refractory to social progress. As to why it should not throw the baby out with the bath water.
But the feeling of defeat is still alive and still laments Beauchemin, especially since the referendum defeat in 1995. With, as a result, the depoliticization of our dreams of sovereignty, that is to say, the neglect of our political ideals born with the quiet Revolution.
The victory of the CAQ isn’t going to change this trend, because this election does not lead to any political project.
It is necessary to get rid of this ” feeling of eternity misleading which seems to cross in the time of the report that our community has vis-à-vis its destiny “. As if, by dint of never go away, we were there for always. Beauchemin is far from being optimistic. Without a dream, without a national project structuring, folklorization is watching us, he warns. We will lose ourselves in the ” magma of the postnational culture globalised world in which English will be the lingua franca. “Is this what we want ?
Ten days that made the Quebec
Under the direction of Peter
Ten specialists, teachers, historians, extensionists : Jacques Lacoursière, Jean-Claude Germain, Denys Delâge, Denis Vaugeois, Gilles Laporte, Eugene Brouillet, Béatrice Richard, Marie Lavigne, Éric Bédard and Mathieu Bock-Côté, we present 10 important events of our short history, which began with the founding of the city of Quebec in 1608. Of course, our history cannot be limited to only these 10 historical facts ; in 400 years, there was, cheap shots, victories and setbacks, injuries, but these 10 events selected are a good introduction to those who want to know where we come from.
Manual to change the world
School of social innovation
An initiative that should be emphasized. In 2015, Saint Paul University, Ontario, created thanks to a gift of the Sisters of Charity of Ottawa, a school of social innovation, which will aim to tackle the injustices and the fight against poverty and all that it entails. A vast program, you might say. In fact, this new school form of young students who will be called upon, once their training is complete, to propose concrete solutions, to act and to tackle the immense challenge that requires the transformation of the old world. A book of hope.
Writings on alienation and freedom
For the generation of activists to which I belong, one of the early sixties, at the time of anti-colonial struggles, our bible was, without a doubt, the damned of the earth, Frantz Fanon, published in 1961. It procured at the bookstore of Mr. Ferretti, avenue Bernard, Outremont, who was also the distributor of the works of the publisher François Maspero. We gathered the writings, in part unpublished, of this psychiatrist and activist against colonialism in algeria, disappeared prematurely in 1961. His writings on” alienation colonialist view through mental illness ” will be of interest to most certainly the researchers and the activists.
The space of the relationship
Speaking of psychological problems (in connection with the work of Fanon), this is a book which makes us penetrate into the holy of holies, the office of the psychologist, with his particular decor : furniture, lighting, works of art on the walls, bathroom and waiting room, details at first glance innocuous, but that have their importance in the relationship between the therapist and the one who tells it.