HALIFAX, November 21, 2012 – Haligonians from diverse backgrounds shared their stories of Canadian identity at a workshop organized by The Historica-Dominion Institute’s Passages to Canada program at the HUB Halifax, featuring New Roots Radio’s Conrad Fox and Pier 21 Oral History Researcher, Kirin Brown, in partnership with the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 and FUSION Halifax.
Journalist Fox and researcher Brown shared their experiences of collecting immigration stories from across Canada. Workshop participants learned how to craft their own unique stories of heritage and diversity from professional story-crafting facilitators from Passages to Canada. Many of the participants will go on to share their stories with schools and community groups as volunteers of the Passages to Canada Speakers Bureau.
“Halifax is increasingly a city of diverse communities, each of them with great stories to tell," said Anthony Wilson-Smith, President of the Historica-Dominion Institute. "We're delighted to have the opportunity to help tell these stories through our work with our Passages to Canada speakers."
The Passages to Canada Speakers Bureau offers volunteers from a diverse range of ethno-cultural, religious and linguistic backgrounds the opportunity to share stories of their heritage and identity with schools and community groups. Since 2002, over 700 new Canadians have created dialogue on Canada’s diversity with over 250,000 youth and adults. Passages to Canada is generously supported by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and TD Bank Group.
The Historica-Dominion Institute is the largest charitable organization dedicated to Canadian history, identity and citizenship. Its mandate is to build active and informed citizens through a greater knowledge and appreciation of the history, heritage and stories of Canada. Visit www.historica-dominion.ca.
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