The Institute of Canadian Archives employs the use of narratives as a tool to teach, relate, empathize with and celebrate our diverse society. To increase intercultural dialogue and community cohesion, we should actively encourage cross-cultural interaction and opportunities for local people to meet people from communities other than their own.
Intercultural dialogue is a process that comprises an open and respectful exchange or interaction between individuals, groups and organisations with different cultural backgrounds or world views. Among its aims are: to develop a deeper understanding of diverse perspectives and practices; to increase participation and the freedom and ability to make choices; to foster equality; and to enhance creative processes. – European Institute for Comparative Cultural Research
At any given moment, we have numerous initiatives underway.
Hearts & Minds Living Library
The Institute of Canadian Archives is organizing an interfaith Living Library event in 2017. Living Library is an equalities #storytelling tool that seeks to challenge prejudice and discrimination. It works just like a normal library: visitors can browse the catalogue for the available titles, choose the Book they want to read, and borrow it for a limited period of time. After reading, they return the Book to the library and, if they want, they can borrow another. The only difference is that in the Living Library, Books are people, and reading consists of a conversation.
The first two events will focus on Interfaith dialogue and Islamophobia. The 2018 H&MLL iterations would individually focus on Holocaust survivors, Holodomor remembrance, and Reconciliation Best Sellers. In 2018, we will witness H&MLL going into public school.
The Hearts & Minds Interfaith Living Library series is currently underway.