Not everything is black in Quebec and across the country

Tout n’est pas noir au Québec et au pays

This is not to me that you will believe that there is no systemic racism in Canada and in Quebec.

As examples, I like to remember the reaction to fire Jean Pouliot when Réal Barnabé, v.-p. of the information, had it with my full agreement given the weather of TQS to Dany Laferrière. “Your c… negro, you’re going to me to remove “it” from the screen ! “When I wanted to add a character Black in my series banana peel, Robert The herbarium, v.-p. of Télé-Métropole, objected strongly :” no, No, the public won’t like that ! “

At Radio-Canada, to The heirs Duval, they suggested I take it easy with plots with Black. “There are not enough black actors in Québec,” was it pleaded. My ex-wife, who had a house in Outremont, was blamed for its tenants to have rented to a Black. It was, however, a columnist in a Montreal newspaper.

These examples date back to the last century, either ! But things have hardly changed. Three weeks ago, my hairdresser was indignant that we had rented to a Black in the building he lives in. “For me, if I was owner, I’d hire ever to people like that ! “


Since Stéphane Cardin – man shrewd and clever he is – has been appointed director of public policy, Netflix in Canada, he would not miss an opportunity to make them look good to the american giant. This time, teaming up with the National Bank and the media Fund*, Netflix draws in its coffers richly trimmed (193 million subscribers) to fund the ” training program Be Black.e to Canada ” by the Fabienne Colas Foundation.

A nice helping hand to young Black men 18 to 30 years. Thanks to this partnership, 20 other budding filmmakers of Toronto, Montreal and Halifax will join the cohort of those who are already enrolled. In addition to mentoring in the trades in the audiovisual sector, the programme will enable the production of several documentary films. The next year, the program will be deployed in Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver, helping 70 new filmmakers and 55 former participants.


Fabienne Colas has come a long way since she was elected Miss Haiti in 2000. Would like to thank the jury of the Miss West Indies Pageant to be ranked third ? Without their judgement impaired (!), it would, perhaps, have never been successful in Quebec. As a teenager, she had spent two weeks in Chicoutimi during a school exchange. His experience had to be happy, because she then decided to move in with us.

One who had easily landed roles in movies and on tv in Haiti clashed here with the same difficulties as most of the Black people. We objected to his color or his accent, which you don’t engage. She ends up getting a very small part of a day in Virginia, the series of another Fabienne.

Of tired war, Fabienne Colas flared to life the foundation that she had established in Haiti. Of a beauty queen, she became the queen of the promotion of Black people, their cinema and their culture, creating a festival on festival. While in the United States, in the wake of the case of George Floyd, we déboulonne of the monuments of which we don’t really know what to do, in Canada, thanks to Fabienne Colas, Black will build a future at the height of their talents.

*I am a member of the board of the media Fund

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