Collège Boréal students in Timmins explore issues of consent through theatre

Collège Boréal students in Timmins explore issues of consent through theatre

Students enrolled at Collège Boréal and the Université de Hearst, in Timmins, were left today with a better understanding of issues surrounding consent and sexual violence thanks to the play Loin du coeur (Far from the Heart).

Presented by Sheatre, a community arts organization for social change, the play uses theatre to educate the audience about rape, sexual violence, and healthy relationships. The play uses interactive forum theatre; the cast creates realistic, problematic scenarios, and audience members are invited to suggest different actions to change the outcome. The play has been presented across the province in both French and English.

In September 2016, Collège Boréal launched its Sexual Violence Awareness Campaign for students and staff in all campus locations and access centres. Boréal, in partnership with the Université de Hearst, requested a scheduled show in Timmins as part of the theatre company’s Ontario Tour.


“Linked to Boréal Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence Policy and Protocol, the production allows students to reflect on this serious issue and work toward ending sexual violence and harassment.”

Daniel Giroux, President, Collège Boréal

“Student safety is a priority. On behalf of Collège Boréal, I would like to thank Sheatre representatives for this awareness activity that helped fuel an important conversation with our clients.”

Jean-Pierre Nadon, Director of Collège Boréal in Timmins

Quick Facts

Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French language post-secondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of French communities throughout the province.

Collège Boréal offers a wide variety of programs and services at six campuses and 37 access centres in 25 communities across the province. Since 1995, approximately 120,000 clients across Ontario have benefited from College Boréal’s expertise relating to post-secondary education, training programs, immigration and settlement services, as well as employment services. Furthermore, Collège Boréal has developed and implemented over 70 articulation agreements with other post-secondary institutions.

According to the Key Performance Indicators recognized by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Collège Boréal now holds the top-ranking position in three out of the five areas surveyed! Out of 24 Ontario colleges, Boréal has the highest student satisfaction rate, graduation rate, and graduate satisfaction rate in the province. Moreover, with 96%, Boréal ranks 3rd out of all 24 colleges in employer satisfaction!

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