This animation was made to help create solidarity between anglophone and francophone students across Québec in light of the contrasting scale and strength of our respective strikes. This contrast also seems to exist with regards to our respective “cultures of resistance”. In a province that has seen much mobilization surrounding language issues and sovereignty, the apparent omission of this debate from the larger contestation articulated during this student movement speaks to the possibility of a desire for unity along different lines. As Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois illustrates, these lines are class, race, ethnicity and gender; or a total view of class that includes these subject-positions in order to make the axes of power transparent in all systems of oppression. While there is room for the question of nationalism to become more visible in the broad, collective reflection we are hoping for, and naming “Printemps Québécois” (or “Printemps Érable,” or “Occupy Montreal”), the power of our uprising is to be found in its scope.
Yet the contrast between, say, UQAM’s strike and our strike still remains. So while we are definitely reshaping the political culture of Concordia, we need to find ways to excite, provoke and awaken the anglophone student body that has much catching up to do to match the fervour, courage, activism and solidarity found in many French-speaking universities. Along with collective and physical mobilization, picketing, marching and occupying, we should make sure the range of the conversation being had across the province does not get lost in translation (or in mainstream anglophone media.)
Nadeau-Dubois is relied upon much less frequently in the Gazette, CBC, or CTV than in francophone media. While the tuition increase will be fought by the students collectively, he is a very eloquent spokesperson to have represent our interests in media settings that are typically hostile (and hostile to dissent that is not voiced by elected representatives, officials, heads of institutions.) He is also a skilled orator who speaks with passion and conviction. This video uses kinetic typography to amplify this energetic quality.
by Tim Powell, Graduate Diploma Student, Communication Studies, Concordia University.