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Territories and Identities

Do we inhabit a territory or does the territory inhabit us? What impact do we have on others? From one ocean to another to another, communities develop their way of life according to the climate, the relief, the rivers and the forest. A spectacular landscape, with the allure of terrestrial paradise overflowing with resources, inspires us and creates a desire to live within it. From the first nations to immigrants, various cultures have met and transformed from their contact with each other. Somewhere between sharing and adaptation, diverse peoples co-exist while upholding the continuity of their traditions and institutions. In which territory do you see yourself? Your room? Your city? Your country?


Type of activity
In-class activity with a mediator (starting January 4, 2021)
Our mediators travel to many schools across Montreal: Ahuntsic-Cartierville, Côte-des-Neige–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Lachine, Lasalle, Le Sud-Ouest, Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Montréal-Nord, Outremont, Plateau Mont-Royal, Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie, Saint-Laurent, Saint-Léonard, Verdun, Ville-Marie, Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension, Côte-Saint-Luc, Hampstead, Montreal West, Town of Mount Royal and Westmount.

Virtual visit with a mediator


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Topics explored

Students will reflect on the concept of territorial occupation and shared identities.


Students will explore works through observation exercises and games.

The workshop

Students are invited to create a landscape inspired by Marc-Aurèle Fortin’s “black manner” technique using oil pastels.

Materials used:

  • Oil pastels
  • Black paper board
A developmental learning experience

Thanks to its encyclopedic collection, the Museum is a fertile ground for stimulating reflection on ethical issues, learning about history, discovering the diversity of the world’s cultures and developing critical-thinking skills. Beyond artistic discovery, students will build their understanding of the world at the Museum. In this activity, students will specifically learn to:


  • Name (1st cycle), identify (2nd cycle) transforming gestures, materials and tools
  • Identify (1st cycle) or analyze (2nd cycle) ideas and concepts
  • Name and situate (1st cycle) or analyze (2nd cycle) the visual repertoire and cultural references
  • Appreciate works of art and cultural objects of artistic heritage
  • Produce personal works of visual art

Social sciences
1st cycle

  • Knowledge related to the study of an Indigenous territory

2nd cycle

  • Quebec’s modernization: industrialization, infrastructure, trade, migration flow
  • Societal choices in contemporary Quebec: social and demographic changes
  • Influence of natural factors on territorial organization: North America
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