Jayson Palolan

Country of Origin:

Philippines

Themes:

Citizenship, Asian Heritage, Francophonie, Citizenship, Immigration, Asian Heritage, Francophonie, Identity & Heritage, Multiculturalism & Diversity, Adjusting to Life in Canada

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In this audio segment Jayson speaks about the Filipino community in Côte-des-Neiges and how it has enabled him to integrate in Canada.


Story

Jayson Palolan is an artist, activist and member of Anakbayan (Filipino youth group) and a co-founding member of the Filipino Indigenous Peoples Organization of Quebec (FIPOQ). In 2012, he immigrated to Montreal from Baguio City in the Philippines. Proud of his Indigenous culture and traditions, Jayson performs dances and music from the Cordillera, an Indigenous group originally from the mountainous, northern region of the Philippines. His skills as an artist and musician help him to raise awareness on the issues facing Indigenous people in the Philippines, such as mining, as well as the Filipino community here in Canada. He is currently studying to become a nursing assistant, after having completed his studies in French in Montreal.