The story of Parole d’excluEs

The impact of social exclusion is devastating on living conditions; difficulty in accessing work, education and health, loss of dignity, social ties and identity, brief loss of active citizenship. But everywhere, people are struggling to get by, individually and collectively. The word is given to people and citizens who refuse to be social objects to become the actors of their own history.


Genesis of Parole d’excluEs: beginning of the reflection on the conceptions and practices of the fight against poverty and exclusion


Production and tour of the documentary Parole d’excluEs in four countries (Argentina, Brazil, Iran and Canada)


Old building with poverty

Incorporation of Parole d’excluEs and alliance with the Société d’habitation populaire de l’Est de Montréal (SHAPEM)


2007-2008: creation (informal) of the University Incubator of Parole d’excluEs (IUPE) in the form of a collective of university researchers committed to the action of Parole d’excluEs


  • Establishment of structures: collective, promoter committees and standing committees
  • Opening of a place of action in the îlot Pelletier in Montreal-Nord
  • Opening of a place of action at the former Biscuiterie Viau in Mercier-Hochelaga Maisonneuve


Development of La voisinerie behind housing
  • Start of the development of La Voisinerie de l’Îlot Pelletier
  • Study on the needs and aspirations of the residents of the îlot Pelletier
  • Study on the needs and aspirations of residents in the area of the former biscuiterie Viau


  • Finalization and adoption of the Parole d’excluEs action model
  • Founding Assembly of the Accorderies de Montreal-Nord and Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
  • Implementation of a food buying group project


Children learning about plants at a community daycare center
  • The IUPE is integrated to CRISES
  • Development of an early childhood CPE project in Montreal-Nord


  • Inauguration of La Voisinerie
  • Start of the Leadership citoyens Project
  • Acquisition of buildings in the North-East of Montreal-Nord by SHAPEM


  • First Rendez-vous sur l’alimentation
  • Creation of a community-based research position at Parole d’excluEs


COOP Panier futé start-up team in 2014
  • Launch of the Solidarity Cooperative, Panier Futé Coop
  • Study of the needs and aspirations of Northeast residents

  • Opening of a place of action in the North-East of Montreal-Nord


Formalization of the Système Alimentaire pour tous project
  • Start of Système alimentaire pour tous (SAPT)
  • Launch of the Quartier 21 project: Greening, nourishing and enhancing Montreal-Nord
  • Study on the needs and aspirations of citizens in terms of health services in Montreal-Nord


Death of the founder of Parole d'excluEs, Patrice Rodriguez
  • Death of the Founder of Parole d’excluEs, Patrice Rodriguez
  • Opening of the community daycare CPE at Îlot Pelletier


Closure of the place of action in Mercier-Hochelaga Maisonneuve


  • Start of the Espace Santé Citoyen project (ESC)
  • Assessment of 10 years of action on the îlot Pelletier