Project by Emilie Renaud

The French studio, led by Emilie Pinard, got the opportunity to team up with the School of Architecture of l’Université Laval to further build community involvement and connections in the north of Québec. Our students travelled from Sudbury to Sept-Îles that is located alongside the north shore of the St-Lawrence river

Graduate Studio C

Graduate Studio C

From there, our students built connections with Innu communities, which allowed them to go further north, by train, to visit an elder’s hunt camp within their ancestral territory, the Nitassinan. In efforts to repair the lost cultural practices, the Innu Band Council decided to approach our students to design a school on the territory that would allow them to develop an innovative dual educational system.

Project by Noémie Lavigne

Graduate Studio C

By coupling methods, youth are exposed to cultural practices otherwise lost in typical educational systems. After being exposed to the Innu culture, our students returned to McEwen in efforts to design an environment that provides space for students to learn both cultural and educational knowledge overarching cultural sensitivity. Culminating with a presentation to community members and elders in Québec City at l’Université Laval, students displayed their work which wove the pragmatic realities of northern building, culture, and nature.

Project by Benoit Lachapelle

Northern Quebec and Nitassinan Territory

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