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.
– Aysha I forgot my phone in the car so naturally, I stood around casually watching people come in and out of the busy restaurant. That’s when it hit me, waiting in line for a medium coffee at my local McDonald’s, a realization of the century: As a female Muslim hijabi standing patiently in that
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– Shuang My friend Candy lives in Boston with her husband. In Boston, she met many friends from all over the world. Here is a story she shared in her WeChat post: Last weekend, my friend brought some Indian spices to my place, and cooked authentic Indian food for us. After we commented on the so-called
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– Alisha There’s a concept called psychological essentialism, which is a tool we use to reason about the world. There are three tenants to psychological essentialism: Certain categories are real and only discovered by humans- that is, they are not human constructs, but facts of nature. Some unobservable property causes a group of things to
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– Dandi After finishing my last course at university this year I left for vacation immediately to Japan. By the end of my trip, I totally got myself obsessed over the gacha machines. What is a gacha machine? Oh, let me tell you all about it! gacha machine is a machine that dispenses capsuled toys.
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– Reeda “Wait? You don’t have an office you go to like everyday?” That’s one question I got a lot when I started my time as the Institute’s new Social Media Coordinator just a few weeks ago. And it’s true, that while we may not have a typical office that we go to week after
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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
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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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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