Sharing Stories About the World

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This week’s installment of our series on Quebec Environmental History is brought to you by my student Antoine Pin, from McGill’s School of Environment. Through this project, Antoine wanted to analyze the differences between how the indigenous populations of Quebec and European settlers interacted with the natural environment. He chose to do this by conveying his research in a remarkable graphic novel, for which he did the illustrations. I have turned his project into a YouTube video for easy online accessibility.

Describing the project, Antoine writes,

“How do we understand what is around us? And how do we understand what is around others?

We all have stories that define who we are and what we do. And although the stories differ, the subject is always the same, our earth. Of course different stories might put an emphasis on different parts of this planet; combined together they can bring a whole new level of understanding.

But will sharing these stories be that easy? Has it been done, can it be done?
That’s what this story tries to explore, a story about stories…”

Great job, Antoine! Please enjoy his interpretation of what happens when cultures collide around the natural environment.

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I am an Associate Professor in the Department of History at McMaster University m. My research interests are in transnational environmental health and contamination, and I always seek to blend historical research with public engagement. I’m currently a Co-Investigator on the Mining Danger SSHRC Insight Grant, while also developing an augmented natures project. My monograph, A Town Called Asbestos: Environmental Change, Health, and Resilience in a Resource Community was published by UBC Press in 2016.

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