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An Introduction to the Carrefour and Our Project

The Carrefour Point St-Charles, in Montreal, engaged the community to participate in its creation. The group is locally based and is presently in financial difficulties due to underfunding. In the late twentieth century, unemployment was high and many families were unable to sustain their children and themselves with welfare.[1] Poverty was present in every corner of the neighborhood and invaded many households. A majority of the population, either single mothers, unemployed men and generally families on welfare demonstrated their desire to learn and improve their standard of living.[2] The Carrefour emerged from the community’s efforts to battle the insufficiency of resources. They offered various activities to educate the population in skills useful in their everyday lives like sewing, literacy, nutrition and arts and crafts just to name a few.[3] Other events were organized to learn about their roots, such as the “Jeux- La Pointe J’la Connais”.[4] The Carrefour was able to offer an alternative to the public education system provided by the state and offered assistance in the neighborhood. They believed that they could aid the citizens to improve their standards of living. 

Come and explore the pages above in order to discover the Carrefour d’Éducation of Point St-Charles. You can learn about its history, its activities, philosophy, other similar social movements and the short and long-term effects of the organization through our analysis of secondary sources and of the Archives Populaires De Pointe Saint-Charles available at the McGill University Archives.

- Vanessa, Ariane, Dalia, Frédérique, Kirsten and Catherine :) 

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[1]Anna Kruzynski and Drolet Isabelle Boucher Denise Collectif CourtePointe. The Point Is-- Grassroots Organizing Works : Women from Point St. Charles Sharing Stories of Solidarity (Montréal: Éditions du remue-ménage, 2006), 29.

[2] Ibid. 135.

[3] Situation Industrielle et Commercial du Quartier, File: Notre Quartier, 1986, Box: 260, Collection: Le Carrefour d’Éducation de Pointe Ste-Charles, McGill University Archives.

[4] Notre Quartier, File: Notre Quartier, 1986, Box: 260, Collection: Le Carrefour d’Éducation de Pointe Ste-Charles, McGill University Archives.

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Bibliography

Archives Populaires De Pointe Saint-Charles. McGill University Archives.

Kruzynski, Anna, Drolet, Isabelle and  Denise Boucher. The Point Is-- Grassroots Organizing Works : Women from Point St. Charles Sharing Stories of Solidarity (Montréal: Éditions du remue-ménage, 2006), 29.