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Notre Home: Hip Hop artist visits the coast

Gaspe Spec

GASPE: – Between March 19 and 21, students from English secondary schools along the Gaspe Coast attend music workshops with hip hop artist David Hodges. Mr. Hodges relays his message through performance. “With talks and videos between the songs, we discuss difficult issues such as living your dreams, don’t be afraid of being different, and we encourage Quebec students to get involved in their communities.” He met the BPS students on March 19 at Bonaventure Polyvalent and those of Gaspe and Chandler on March 20 at the Douglas Community Center in Douglastown. The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) initiated the project called “Notre Home,” in order to foster cultural exchanges between English and French-speaking communities of Quebec. 

“Notre Home” is the name of a bilingual song, written by David Hodges, which became the project’s rallying point. (Genevieve Gelinas) 

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Notre Home: a story of identity for young English-speaking Gaspesians

Gaspé Spec, Letter to the editor, by David Hodges, Montreal-based hip-hop artist

I am a proud to be an Anglo-Quebecer, a Québécois. For most youth of my generation we believe our future in Quebec is contingent on breaking down socio-cultural and linguistic barriers through collaboration, dialogue … and song. 

We are the generation born and raised to be the same 

I’m with my brothers and sisters; we wanna be the change 

We’ve come to know a beautiful culture, we mustn’t go 

We’re here to stay, sing and praise a place we’re calling Notre Home
 

These lyrics express my sentiment of belonging to the province of Quebec.  My Home.  “Notre Home”.

Now back from our Notre Home tour in the Gaspé, I am most impressed by the resilience and the strong sense of belonging that young Gaspesians have towards their region. However, this part of the country is far away from major centres, so the youth, and in particular English-speaking youth really need to find new ways in which to celebrate their culture and history. 

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Notre Home: a story of identity for young English-speaking Gaspesians

Gaspé Spec, Letter to the editor, by David Hodges, Montreal-based hip-hop artist

I am a proud to be an Anglo-Quebecer, a Québécois. For most youth of my generation we believe our future in Quebec is contingent on breaking down socio-cultural and linguistic barriers through collaboration, dialogue … and song. 

We are the generation born and raised to be the same 

I’m with my brothers and sisters; we wanna be the change 

We’ve come to know a beautiful culture, we mustn’t go 

We’re here to stay, sing and praise a place we’re calling Notre Home
 

These lyrics express my sentiment of belonging to the province of Quebec.  My Home.  “Notre Home”.

Now back from our Notre Home tour in the Gaspé, I am most impressed by the resilience and the strong sense of belonging that young Gaspesians have towards their region. However, this part of the country is far away from major centres, so the youth, and in particular English-speaking youth really need to find new ways in which to celebrate their culture and history. 

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