A snapshop of the interviews

Genevive Channaret Srey

One day my father announced that there was going to be a family reunion (...). My uncles said that those who had to leave should leave. The United States couldnt help us anymore. This was in 1974. (...) We were all of one mind, no one wanted to leave the country. Everyone refused, saying its not serious, well keep helping the country (...). I will always remember. My father said to me, leave, you will study and come back later. My impression was that he knew that he would never see me again.

Genevive Channart Srey, Montrealer of Cambodian origin,
Community Project Member
(Excerpt from her interview)

Rania Arabi

My first place I would call home is Montreal. And I didn't realize that I called Montreal home until I went back to Palestine (). I've been living all my life as a Palestinian, very proud of it. And then having gone there... () When I came back [in Montreal], in my heart, I came back home.

Rania Arabi, Montrealer of Palestinian origin
(Excerpt from her interview)

Marie Denise Douyon

For me the greatest difficulty is the shattering of a projection that you created of yourself. Like all human beings, you dream of having a future. And then, you feel as if the dream has been abruptly destroyed. For me, reconstructing oneself is reconciling with the idea that the projection of your future has been shattered, that this was not something you wanted and it happened abruptly. This is what I think is the difference between people who come here to settle, who prepare their departure, and people who are forced to leave. When I say forced, I mean forced by circumstances, wars, arrests, genocide So you have to reconcile.

Marie-Denise Douyon, Montrealer of Haitian origin (Excerpt from her interview)

Nam Kattan

Montreal was a French city. Thats why I came to Montreal, to speak French.(...) At the time (the early 50s), it was unusual, there werent any...The Moroccans hadnt arrived yet.(...) I was there for their arrival.
So they (French Canadians) would say to me: Youre Jewish, but you must belong to a parish! You speak French!

Nam Kattan, Montrealer of Iraqi Jewish origin
(Excerpt from his interview)