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Community-engaged projects

In addition to amplifying the work of our colleagues and partners, the Office of Community Engagement (OCE) runs its own programs and projects that facilitate connection, experimentation and partnership.

Current projects

Dewemaagannag/My Relations Indigenous engagement guide

This guide is for researchers, academics, and students who wish to learn how to best collaborate with Indigenous Peoples, organizations, and/or communities, and outlines key principles and values to decolonize engagement with Indigenous communities . The goals of the guide are to centre Indigenous perspectives on community engagement, to encourage a reflection on the motivations for soliciting Indigenous communities, and to provide guidance on ways to move from reflection to action.

People gathered in a session of University of the Streets Café

University of the Streets Café

The University of the Streets Café organizes bilingual public conversations in cafés and community spaces accross Montreal. Since its inception in 2003, more than 400 events have been hosted.

As a community-driven program, each discussion creates an open space to address a variety of topics that meet the needs and interest of participants.

Community-engaged learning fund for Indigenous students (CELFIS)

Concordia Indigenous graduate students working on a community-based project can apply for a grant of up to $6,000. 

People gathering outside Bâtiment 7

Community Arts Residencies at Bâtiment 7

The Community Arts Residency program aims to support community-based art projects initiated by recent alumni of Concordia’s Faculty of Fine Arts by providing them with financial compensation and access to studio spaces at Bâtiment 7, a heritage industrial site located on former CN lands at the southernmost tip of Pointe-Saint-Charles.

The site is emerging as a unique model of collectively governed, citizen-led urban design project.

Cover of Educational Pathway booklet

The Decolonial Toolbox : Educational Pathway

The Decolonial Toolbox is the result of a multi-year collaboration between the Office of Community Engagement, Mikana and the Montreal Indigenous Community NETWORK to offer the public a self-educational pathway to understand historical and contemporary Indigenous realities. The pathway gathers carefully-selected resources produced by Indigenous peoples and organizations that are accessible and promote Indigenous expertise.

Boy holding an iPad to capture a bag Photo credit: Jean Manuel Photography


UMITEMIEU is an initiative that introduces Indigenous youth to digital arts and photogrammetry and allows them to connect with objects from the McCord Museum collections. The project brings together students and Knowledge Keepers to share knowledge and stories about objects, their communities and way of life.

The UMITEMIEU project was developed by the OCE in partnership with the McCord Museum and UHU Labos nomades.

Illustration showing youth activists

HoodSTOP les violences sexuelles

This project is an initiative of Hoodstock in partnership with the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, and the Office of Community Engagement to identify and tackle the systemic barriers in accessing support services for survivors of sexual violence in Montréal-Nord. 

Women sitting at a table discussing a project

Park-Extension Community-Based Action Research network (CBAR)

The OCE joins the Park-Extension CBAR, a network of academic and community-based researchers who pledge to approach their work in Park-Extension by applying the principles of community-based action research (CBAR).

Since its inception, the CBAR network has worked on a variety of projects, with a commitment to equity, social justice and resident engagement in all aspects of the research.

“Just cities not smart cities” written on a sign

Digital Divides 

The Digital Divides (DD) project stems from ongoing exchanges that have been taking place as part of the Park-Extension Community-Based Action Research network (CBAR), which involves community organizers and researchers concerned with the housing crisis in the neighbourhood and with better understanding the development dynamics — including the rise of an artificial intelligence hub in the neighbouring Marconi-Alexandra district — that underpin it, and the impact of that hub on housing in nearby neighbourhoods.

People protesting in front of 7965 de l'Acadie

Park-Extension Community Power Map

This map offers a portrait of community-led projects, actions and organizations which seek to meet Parc-Extension residents’ needs and aspirations, to challenge the housing crisis in the neighbourhood and to put forward solutions adapted to local priorities.

Data can be added to this map by completing a questionnaire, with the goal of documenting initiatives and struggles happening in Parc-Extension, as well as sharing knowledge and strategies between various groups and organizations.

Example of a portion of the Park-Extension Evictions Map

Park-Extension Evictions Map

The Park-Extension Evictions Map, created by the Park-Extension Anti-Eviction Mapping Project with support from the OCE, highlights the distribution and evolution of evictions in Park-Extension since 2017, based on data collected by the Comité d’action de Park-Extension (CAPE), the tenants' rights association of neighbourhood.

The map illustrates a significant increase in evictions, renovictions and repossessions over the last four years. In addition, it highlights the pressing concern that many evictions have occurred without tenants contacting CAPE first.

Note that the points shown in the map do not reflect the exact location of the tenants but their vicinity, to preserve confidentiality.

A garden at the Bâtiment 7 site

Living Labs at Bâtiment 7

Concordia’s Sustainability Action Fund and the Office of Community Engagement formed a partnership to support student leadership in community-based sustainability projects at Bâtiment 7, a heritage industrial site located on former CN lands at the southernmost tip of Pointe-Saint-Charles.

More than 20 student-led initiatives were realized on the site which presents a unique model of collectively governed, citizen-led urban design projects.

Read the Year 1 report

Past projects

Bâtiment 7 Anchored Project

A partnership between the University and this Pointe-Saint-Charles citizen-led initiative.

Man standing in front of a map Photo: Antonia LaMantia

CRE Youth Gathering For(a)ging our Paths

During this event held in February 2020, more than 350 Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth gathered to reflect on the meaning of reconciliation.

The theme “For(a)ging Our Paths” was chosen by the youth committee. It symbolizes self-determination in choosing one's path and the resources that each person collects along their journey of personal growth. The event was a space for learning, discussion, celebration and connection, which served to expand knowledge of cultures and history, and to impart lessons to youth.

Enable Montreal

A design challenge to co-create solutions for a more accessible and inclusive city.

ENABLE illustration

StartUP Nations

A three-day event to support a new generation of Indigenous social and collective entrepreneurs.

A crowd of participants at StartUP Nations

Next City Vanguards

Concordia, in partnership with Next City, hosted an experiential leadership conference from May 31–June 3, 2017.

Concordia's downtown Sir George Williams campus

Contact us

If you would like your project or partnership featured on this website
please contact the Office of Community Engagement

Phone: 514-848-2424 ext. 5840
Office of Community Engagement

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