Post-mortem on the launch of Radio Arbre
Radio Arbre was launched on March 17 as a collaboration between the Foundation of Greater Montréal (FGM) and the Maison de l’innovation sociale. Radio Arbre is a community radio equipped with a synthetic voice that shares the wishes of children from various backgrounds and different areas of Greater Montréal.The children’s opinions shared by the FGM on Radio Arbre were collected in 2017 during two FGM-supported projects on listening to children. In 2017, as part of Montréal’s 375th celebrations and Canada’s 150th, the FGM chose to present a special edition of its Vital Signs report, which was entirely devoted to children. From the start, the multisector steering committee sought to involve young people in a wide-reaching discussion to identify the issues they feel are most important. It was in this spirit that the FGM supported the Montréal Urban Ecology Centre’s “The City We Want!” project, during which this organization consulted Montrealers in all 19 boroughs to gather their wishes, particularly those of children. Simultaneously, two Université de Montréal and Concordia University researchers formed six groups of young people from various socioeconomic backgrounds and neighbourhoods to talk about the topics that are important to them: belonging, education, mobility and mental health. The children’s lucid observations about social issues and their neighbourhoods were most eloquent.