Project 10 works to promote the personal, social, sexual, and mental well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirit, intersex, and questioning youth and adults 14-25. Through advocacy and education, using a harm reduction approach, Project 10 aims to facilitate the empowerment of youth at individual, community, and institutional levels with a particular emphasis on supporting individuals and groups who experience multiple and intersecting oppressions. Services are free of charge, confidential and anonymous, and are offered in English and French.
In line with its mandate and long-term vision, Project 10 is committed to addressing the needs of QTBIPOC (Queer & Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) youth in and around Montreal. Spaces, programs, and resources that centre the lived experiences and realities of QTBIPOCs in the city are scarce, which prevent the youth from finding support, community, mentorship, and a sense of history.
Our Bodies, Our Stories is an inter-generational, youth led, creation- and performance-based program that seeks to empower QTBIPOC youth by offering:
– training in creative media and performance
– opportunities for performances, exhibits and art showcases
– opportunities for inter-generational conversations
– connections to mentors, art centres and performance spaces
– site visits
– opportunities for arts-based, community-based and archival research
In doing this project, we will document and archive our process and disseminate our art, work and research online and in print. We thus hope to honour the work of our elders, of our communities who have a rich and long history of creative resistance, and to leave a legacy for the future generations.
The project is free and meals/snacks and STM tickets will be provided to participants in all of our programming.
– We centre approaches and practices that speak directly to our lived experiences, our struggles, our languages, our bodies, our stories.
– We break down barriers between story and history, between art and activism, between high and popular culture, between teaching and learning.
– We believe in the continuum of relationship development, between and among art spaces, community organizations, youth, elders, and other supporters.
– We centre accessibility, anti-oppression and harm-reduction in our work.
– We centre truth, integrity and the imagination in our work. We believe that these values are key to individual and collective emancipation.
This project is made possible in part by the Government of Canada through the Canadian Heritage Official Languages Support Program, the Public Health Agency of Canada through the Jeunes Queer Youth Program and Fondation Béati.