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Marguerite-Bourgeoys Province Eco-friendly Actions

In relation to the third dimension of our mission orientation that calls us to respect our “common home,” Marguerite-Bourgeoys Province continued its eco-friendly formation-action project. In its efforts to create an irreversible and transformative movement that is beneficial to the Earth, the province has completed the third step in its process. It proposed that, from 2017 to 2021, each house adopt and implement a local plan of action. The communities more than met the expectations. The following are examples illustrating their progress:

  • -  Reduce residual waste, 100% of the houses

  • -  Prevent surplus and food waste, 94%

  • -  Reduce energy consumption, 92%

  • -  Prioritize responsible purchasing, 89%

-  Systematically compost food waste, 81%

In 2019, the Comité Justice Marguerite-Bourgeoys, with the contribution of the liaison-persons from each house, will prepare a progress report of the action plans.

The Peripheries

Responding to the concerns of the 2016 General Chapter, the Comité Justice Marguerite-Bourgeoys gave a series of information sessions about the peripheries in a context of social justice. The purpose of the process, initiated by the liaison-persons from local communities, was to seek out the cries of the poor and the suffering in our respective areas, thus identifying our own peripheries. Two texts by Pope Francis contributed to the reflection on the topic: “God always goes further” and “Go out to our society’s existential peripheries.” The following questions regarding commitment were presented: Can we identify the types of peripheries to which we have access and to which we are ready to commit, even if this means being outside our comfort zone? What form would our individual or community “outreach” take? Meetings with liaison- persons became celebrations that continued in local communities.

The Groupe Solidarité Justice

Readers of L’Heure juste published by Groupe Solidarité Justice are aware that this year’s publications have focused on issues regarding women in Aboriginal communities. Front-line research and documentation brought better understanding of the situation. This, in turn, enabled the group and its members to form real partnerships. One such example is its relationship with the Association des femmes autochtones du Québec, an association that the April 7 general assembly selected to formally endorse.

In order to better understand the situation of Aboriginal women, the Groupe invited Nicole O’Bomsawin, an Abenaki woman from the Odanak community, to give an interactive presentation to the general assembly on the topic of poverty among indigenous women. A statement to remember was: It is easier for First Nations women to admit that they have been subjected to violence than it is to admit that they live in poverty.

For several years, a representative of the Ligue des droits et libertés has operated a booth that sells free-trade products and crafts; all proceeds go to the Ligue.

Céline Beaulieu, CND


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