Montreal Media Capsules

Created in intimate intergenerational clusters in Montreal in 2016, these short videos showcase passionate, bold, and thoughtful activists of different ages, backgrounds, genders, and abilities telling their stories in their own words. 

Media Capsules

Supported by Ageing + Communication + Technologies (ACT) and the Trent Centre for Aging & Society, our goal was to co-create a series of media capsules that record our individual histories with activism. In groups of three, we became interviewers, interviewees and photographers, as we shared our stories with each other.

Ownership of the stories shares rests with the storytellers, media capsules were created as a collaboration between
storytellers and Aging Activisms, and these are not to be reproduced, altered, or used for commercial purposes

Acknowledgement of the Land

We would like to acknowledge that these capsules were created on the traditional territory of the Kanien'kehá:ka people. The Kanien'kehá:ka are the keepers of the Eastern Door of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. The island we call Montreal, called Tiotia:ke in the language of the Kanien'kehá:ka, has historically been a meeting place for other Indigenous nations, including the Algonquin peoples.To learn more about this traditional territory, see QPIRG Concordia's "Acknowledgement & Call to Anti-Colonial Resistance" in this document.

Interviewer: Sharon Swanson
Photographer: Kendra Besanger
Editor: Eugenia Ochoa
Project Leadership: May Chazan & Dave Madden

Grandmothers Advocacy Network (GRAN)

Interviewer: Melissa Baldwin

Photographer: Barbara Ratzenböck and Kendra Besanger
Editor: Maddy Macnab

Project Leadership: May Chazan & Dave Madden

Interviewer: Sharon Swanson

Photographer: Christina Haralanova & Kendra Besanger
Editor: Maddy Macnab

Project Leadership: May Chazan & Dave Madden

Interviewer: Patricia Winston

Photographer: Melissa Baldwin and Kendra Besanger
Editor: Dave Madden

Project Leadership: May Chazan & Dave Madden

Trent University

Interviewer: Peggy Edwards

Photographer: Marietta Haas-Lubelsky
Editor: Jesse Whattam

Project Leadership: May Chazan & Dave Madden

Interviewer: Peggy Edwards

Photographer: Joanne Sherwin and Kendra Besanger
Editor: Melissa Baldwin, Peggy Edwards, Elizabeth Vezina, and Maddy Macnab 

Project Leadership: May Chazan & Dave Madden

Montreal Raging Grannies

Interviewer: Marietta Lubelsky
Photographer: Emma Langley
Editor: Maddy Macnab
Project Leadership:
May Chazan & Dave Madden

Trent University

Interviewer: Patricia Winston

Photographer: Barbara Ratzenböck
Editor: Jesse Whattam

Project Leadership: May Chazan & Dave Madden

Interviewer: Sharon Swanson
Photographer:
Joanne Sherwin
Editor:
Maddy Macnab
Project Leadership:
May Chazan & Dave Madden

Grandmothers Advocacy Network (GRAN)

Interviewer: Eugenia Ochoa

Photographer: Elizabeth Vezina & Kendra Besanger

Editorial Team: Maddy Macnab, Sharon Swanson, and Rose Marie Whalley

Project Leadership: May Chazan & Dave Madden

Trent University

Interviewer: Sharon Swanson

Photographer: Anne Caines & Kendra Besanger
Editor: Maddy Macnab

Project Leadership: May Chazan & Dave Madden

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Interviewer: Sajida Imam
Photographer: Rose Marie Whalley
Editor: Dave Madden

Project Leadership: May Chazan & Dave Madden

Interviewer: Joanne Sherwin

Photographers: Kate Viscardis and Kendra Besanger

Editor: Dave Madden

Project Leadership: May Chazan & Dave Madden

Interviewer: Sadeqa Siddiqi
Photographer: Sajida Imam 
Editor: Maddy Macnab

Project Leadership: May Chazan & Dave Madden

Interviewer: Nadine Changfoot
Photographer: Maddy Macnab
Editor: Emma Langley & Anne Caines

Project Leadership: May Chazan & Dave Madden

Interviewer: Rose Marie Whalley
Photographer: Jesse Whattam and Kendra Besanger
Editor: Maddy Macnab

Project Leadership: May Chazan & Dave Madden

Interviewer: Emma Langley
Photographers: Elizabeth Vezina and Kendra Besanger
Editors: Emma Langley and Maddy Macnab
Project Leadership: May Chazan & Dave Madden

Interviewer: Kate Viscardis
Editor: Maddy Macnab

Photographers: Barbara Ratzenböck and Kendra Besanger

Project Leadership: May Chazan & Dave Madden

Interviewer: Peggy Edwards
Photographer: Marietta Haas-Lubelsky
Editor: Maddy Macnab

Project Leadership: May Chazan & Dave Madden

ACT Concordia

Interviewer: Sadeqa Siddiqi
Photographer: Rose Marie Whalley and Kendra Besanger
Editor: Dave Madden
Project Leadership: May Chazan & Dave Madden

ACT Concordia

Interviewer: Peggy Edwards
Photographer: Kate Viscardis
Editor: Dave Madden
Project Leadership: May Chazan & Dave Madden

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Aging Activisms is a program of activist research, academic mentorship, and intergenerational community-building led by
Dr. May Chazan, Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Gender and Feminist Studies at Trent University.

Thanks to Ben Hodson for our graphic. The photos on our site have been taken by members of the Aging Activisms research team and our participants and collaborators.