Roots of Empathy in Quebec

Launched in 2005-2006, Roots of Empathy has seen almost 3,000 children participate in the Québec program.

A ‘Tiny Teacher’ plays on the green blanket.
"J'ai appris que le cerveau se développe mieux quand on aime les enfants and qu'on s'occupe d'eux."

("I learned that brains grow better when they are loved and cared for.")

- Grade 3/4 Student, Montréal



Qu'est-ce que Racines de l'empathie peut apprendre au monde?
"Sa apprend de pas se chicané."
(What can Roots of Empathy teach the world? "It can teach the world not to fight.")
  • In Québec, 86% of teachers with the program strongly agreed or agreed that as a result of Roots of Empathy, students talk about their feelings.

  • Mary Gordon was the keynote speaker at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management Homecoming. Anita Nowak, integrating director of McGill’s Social Economy Initiative, said that Gordon was chosen because of the success of her social entrepreneurship, the Roots of Empathy program.

  • In 2011, Roots of Empathy was introduced to the community of Chibougamau in the Central Québec School Board. We are proud to serve the students of the Cree Nation in these classrooms.



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