C'était une soirée magnifique au Musée McCord à Montréal.
The organization Stories for Humanity had just completed their second magazine, #SantéQCHealth, and that night was set aside as the launch ceremony. The group is an international participatory media outlet leading public discussions about major social issues, with the present looking into "les enjeux du système de santé au Québec," or the issues in the Quebec healthcare system as some would say in English.
Amongst the 200 people present at the event was Co-Founder Eva Wu and new NIF Ambassador Raphael Dury. Between listening to panel discussions and learning about the challenges people face when it comes to healthcare, the pair also shared the stories of North in Focus's role in patient care and resource implementation from a youth and community based perspective. Above all else, the team highlighted the messages of community consultation and Indigenous engagement.
As the evening progressed the focus shifted to NIF. Following the 2016 Kangiqsujuaq Northern Lights project in northern Quebec, the team knows how often mental health alongside northern community values are overlooked in a southern context, and Stories brought about a platform to discuss these issues. Eva took the stage to speak about the importance of spreading these messages to youth to bring light, positivity, and hope to tackle these problems. Heartstrings were even pulled in the audience as the Northern Lights documentary was screened.
Questions poured in following the exhibition of the other world that is northern Quebec, opening up discussions about the injustices that are so greatly impacting the lives of northern inhabitants. Stories for Humanity has provided a collaborative platform for these conversations to form, and the team sees so much potential for development that could drastically change how mental health care is implemented.
Nakurmiik, merci à Stories, et à toute à l'heure!