ANDRÉ JACOB

André JACOB, retired professor of social work, writer and peace and human rights activist, committed to fighting racism and discrimination against migrants and to establishing just relations with indigenous peoples.

He is a professor who made his career at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM), a polyglot, painter and writer, with a background in philosophy, social work and sociology.

Globetrotter in his youth, he explored several countries including Tunisia, Mali, Chile, El Salvador, Argentina, and Nicaragua starting in 1965. His commitments abroad made him aware of social and economic inequalities. Faced with the difficulties experienced by populations dominated by military dictatorships, he decided to devote part of his life to promoting peace, non-violence and respect for human rights.

Particularly sensitive to issues related to racism, discrimination and the integration of immigrants, André Jacob first worked at the Quebec Commission for human right and the rights of youth as an education officer. Upon joining the university, he devoted himself to research and teaching in social work. In addition to his duties as program director and department head, he is the co-founder of the research chair in immigration, ethnicity and citizenship, and the co-founder and coordinator of the International Observatory on Racism and Discrimination at the same university. He is also the co-founder of the Certificate in Immigration and Inter-ethnic Relations and is responsible for the development and implementation of the policy for the management of inter-ethnic relations.

An activist for peace and human rights since the 1960s, he continues his commitment to Artists for Peace, of which he was vice-president from 2016 to 2020.

He was also the coordinator of the Alliance for Peace for four years in the 1980s.

André Jacob has been called upon on several occasions as a trainer and/or advisor to Aboriginal communities, notably to the Association of First Nations of Quebec-Labrador, for the Attikawewk community of Wemotaci, the Cree of Chisasibi, Nemaska and Waskaganish (James Bay).

He was also active for several years with the League of Rights and Liberties and Save the Children International. His years of involvement for peace and human rights have earned him several awards and recognition.

Today, although retired, he continues his involvement with Artists for Peace and an organization that welcomes immigrants, AMINATE, in Terrebonne, near Montreal. As a member of the board of directors of this organization, he puts his expertise to work to consolidate the mission of the organization dedicated to the promotion of cultural diversity.

Author of several books on social issues and human rights, his latest publication in 2020 is entitled Pour la paix, brisons le silence, a follow-up to the Artists for Peace Manifesto. This book contains articles by four other authors: Tito Alvarado, Paul Chamberland, Michel Cibot and Raôul Duguay.

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