The Institute of Canadian Archives is a social capital building initiative focusing on increasing social cohesion through the art of storytelling.
We aspire to use storytelling as a tool to create an inclusive, multicultural and diverse Canadian community.
Provide digital media tools to Canadians of all backgrounds, longterm residents and newcomers in contributing their narratives for the greater Canadian canvas.
To foster inclusivity and create an anti-oppressive environment where people of all denominations can come and share their stories.
I entered the Human Library with very few expectations. The premise of the night, as I understood it, was to provide student clinicians a safe space to interact with those who fall under social prejudices or stereotypes. Books were swapped out for community members who volunteered their life stories to be “read” by those in attendance.
Canada’s first ‘Hearts & Minds Living Library’ goes to Toronto elementary schools
For the preparation, we are printing some library cards. Our creative team has shared a couple of colour schemes with us. And the internal jury is still out!
calls for Muslim & Christian leaders to engage in a dialogue based on two common fundamental religious Commandments; Love of God, and Love of the Neighbour.
Statement about Quebec City mosque terror attack
The Olive Tree Foundation announces grant for the Hearts and Minds – Interfaith Living Library (HAMILL 2017)
The Institute welcomes volunteer gurus who can help us steward the ‘Hearts & Minds Living Library’ project. Use this form to share your interest with us!
Today, peace requires ever more active investments, enlightened leadership, powerful educational values, extensive research in social innovation and a progressive media world.
We do not agree on everything and this is completely fine, but by knowing what the person in front of you actually thinks, it becomes easier to respect them and avoid any type of hateful behaviour.
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We are committed to an inclusive diverse and peaceful Canadian society. ICA is a social capital building initiative focusing on increasing social cohesion through the art of storytelling.
ICA is committed to imparting digital storytelling techniques through workshops, seminars, remote sessions and other non-traditional means to assist storytellers in developing their own narrative. From folktales to fables and conversations to anecdotes, ICA enables the use of personal histories as a method to teach, to relate, to empathize and to celebrate.
ICA partners with individuals, initiatives and organizations to develop their individual platforms to work progressively towards an inclusive storytelling environment. Sharing experiences though narrative builds trust, cultivates norms, transfers tacit knowledge, facilitates unlearning, and generates emotional connections. ICA helps in building that core competency within stakeholders.
Building capacity for digital storytelling towards civic engagement helps in creating digital stories or narratives that can empower citizens to contribute meaningfully to city building dialogues. It also helps in increasing social capital around an inclusive, diverse and progressive community