Social Justice in Focus

Youth with Refugee Experience Explore Social Justice through Photography in Halifax, Nova Scotia

This project was a collaboration between the CYRRC, Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU), the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD), the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS), and Youth Art Connection (YAC). Ten youth between the ages of 16 and 24 with refugee experience participated in workshops to explore concepts of social justice and activism. They also learned photography skills and how to use photography to represent issues of concern. On September 22nd, 2018, participants presented their work at a public forum held at the Art Gallery of NS. They were joined by youth from New Brunswick and Montreal. Over 80 people attended the event.

Photo Voice

Chadia Kayinamura

“I always pictured my life as a path. Over every path there is destination we always hope for the best the bright light at the end of each road. The journey doesn’t end there; we keep on facing more challenges.”

“I took this picture because the way he was crying and felt lonely was reminding me the life from back home. There’s no diversity here and back home. I want people to know that the life we live here it’s the same to back home.”

Zee Nolza

Saeed Alzoubi

“This photo introduces the shisha, an old fashioned part of my culture that I brought with me to Canada. It’s about relaxing and being slow. I want people to know I came here with my culture and religion, and I will save it wherever I go, and keep it in my heart.”

Praise Muigisho

My name is Praise,
Am a winner
Am the captain of my thoughts
I believe I was born to make a difference and to leave a mark.

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Project Researchers

Susan M
Project Researcher

Professor, Mount Saint Vincent University

Nabiha Atallah

Advisor, Strategic Initiatives at ISANS

April Mandrona

Assistant Professor, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design