remember, listen, act
why should you care about an event that happened a year ago, or twenty-nine years ago?
In the year since the attack on the mosque in Quebec City, I have witnessed the real-time creation and development of historical and collective memory. By this, I mean memory as constructed in a social sense, often by the media or governments, expressing a frame of experience, shared identity or myth-history. While news outlets are now covering the ongoing trial, mention of the Mosque Shooting’s impact has largely dropped from the headlines and many in the media have distanced Bissonnette from the Canadian context, placing him instead with rising white nationalism abroad. I wanted to return the focus to Canada and think about what is specifically Canadian about this event and how we construct it in our memories.
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