The Western Québec School Board is honored and privileged to host a virtual documentary film screening and presentation by Geoberti and Quincy François (father and son) on Thursday, March 31st at 7 p.m. The film, which has been entered into this year’s Les Vues d’Afrique Film Festival and Ottawa Black Film Festival, is entitled “Approved by the Ministry of Education.”
After two years of multiple complaints to ban a racist book endorsed by the Ministry of Education of Quebec, Gioberti and Quincy Francois co-produced this documentary. From complaint letters to hidden recorded conversations, this father and son duo, living in Gatineau, take us with them on their journey of challenging the education system of Québec. It features interviews with Black local MP Greg Fergus and Willie O’Ree, the first Black NHL player and Hall of Famer, in addition to scholars and activists.
The presentation will be in English and French, since the documentary has subtitles and both father and son are bilingual. If you want to know what has happened since filming wrapped, how this student is experiencing and navigating high school now, how the Ministry responded and what happened in the Human Rights Commission, then prepare your questions for the Q&A with Quincy and his dad, after the documentary showing.
Please contact George Singfield (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like a link to the presentation.
- A CBC Ottawa article on this story: “N-word in son’s school book prompts rights complaint from Gatineau, Que., dad“
- More from Western Québec’s Anti-Racism Community Building Working Group