Tribes at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts did something I didn't even know I was missing: it brought me in contact with the Deaf community. As a Front of House employee at the time, I had sensitivity and American Sign Langauage training for the production. But it was interacting with members of the Deaf community who came to the show, learning from the interpreters of the show, and having a chance to share in a story that represented a group that had rarely (if ever) been represented on stage that helped me feel like I belonged here too. We're all human, we're all Montrealers, with our similarities and our differences, and Tribes put me into contact with that feeling the way few other productions have.

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Scott Humphrey

Now a feature length documentary

What We Choose To Remember

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What We Choose to Remember features a cast of more than 30 characters, whose families arrived in successive waves of immigration. The oldest families arrived during the period of ‘two solitudes’ when Montreal’s population was more than 50% English. They share firsthand accounts decades of political upheaval. The most recent immigrants arrived believing linguistic conflicts were ancient history. 

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Our story takes place on the Indigenous lands of the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) nation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Tiotià:ke (known as Montréal) has existed as a meeting place of many First Nation peoples, including but not limited to the Abenaki , Anishinaabeg (Algonquin), and the Huron-Wendat. We extend our deepest respect to the elders of these nations and to all Indigenous peoples who carry the history of this island’s land and waters. We also call upon all levels of government to adopt and implement the 94 recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation commission.

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