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What would it take to make you feel welcome?

Cultural-Exchange2.jpgArtist Carolina Echeverria recently opened an exhibition at the Rialto Theatre in Monteal called Immigrant de Souche (Native Immigrant).

Carolina is originally from Chile. This exhibition is about her relationship with her adopted home, Quebec, and her sense of belonging to the mainstream culture in this province.

It was in part inspired by her reaction to the proposed Quebec Charter of Values.

Inspired by this exhibition, we invited Carolina along with two other artists who were born outside of Quebec for a round table discussion on Cinq à Six.

Zaineb Shaban is an architect and visual artist. She is originally from Iraq, and comes to Quebec via the UK.

Yassin Alsalman, better known as The Narcicyst is a musician and lecturer at Concordia. He was born in The United Arab Emirates to Iraqi parents, and grew up between the UAE and Montreal.  

The questions:

  • Do you feel a sense of belonging in Quebec? If so, why?
  • If not, what would it take to make you feel like you fully belong?

Listen to the panel discussion, hosted by Jeanette Kelly.

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(Image: Painting by Carolina Echeverria from