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’m deciding to start a new blog series called Listen to This!, featuring podcasts I find insightful, interesting or just plain funny. To start off, I’ll try to explain what a podcast is to those who haven’t heard of it. And don’t feel that you are worst off for not being in the know, we
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The first time I met a Jewish person was when I was 33 years old. Just let that sink in. Thirty three. Thirty three is half a lifetime, if one is lucky. For many it is just a number, for me it meant the beginning of a different life. I had escaped persecution, dodged almost
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Recently, I have been reading the book “Religion for Atheists” by Alain de Botton. In this book, there are many ideas speaking to the social conflicts between religious communities and the nonreligious ones. Here is something I find very interesting/inspiring in the first chapter. “Secular society has been unfairly impoverished by the loss of
-> Continue reading Good Book to Read: “Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believer’s Guide to the Uses of Religion”
My sister and I are constantly fighting, as siblings tend to do. A few days ago we got into a huge fight over a small argument. After years of experience we both know how to get on each others nerve. We yell and say mean things and then we pretend we do not care to
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Yesterday was my first time in the Union Station. Getting off from subway at 6 pm, I was suddenly surrounded by a huge crowd, and totally got lost in the big maze. Looking around, I saw people rushing into all directions. Everyone seemed to know firmly where they were heading, and didn’t want to waste a
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Iftar is an amazing time when the Muslim community breaks fast during Ramadan. I attended my first iftar last Friday, and was overwhelmed by the feeling of family and generosity. I mean generosity not only in terms of the bountiful food (what a delicious feast!), but also the generous sharing of music and stories.
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So this needed to be said: you are all awesome. Hang in there, swing if you’re at the end of the rope. Better yet, make some lemonade.
I had only gone to Pride once before this year and it an amazing experience. The title of the event really fits the bill. The riot of colours, the bare skin of all genders and shades, the deafening pop tunes, the pride, was both heartwarming and a bit too much for me. A lot has
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At the Institute of Canadian Archives, we are working to inspire compassion via storytelling, building bridges between people of different religions, races and social demographics. Let’s change the terrain of interfaith dialogue together. The Institute of Canadian Archives is launching a Hearts & Minds Living Library Compassion Catalogue on Sept. 9 at the Toronto City
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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.
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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