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.
Following the first iteration in 2017, we will be working on developing and producing an entirely free platform with storytelling toolkits, capacity building sessions for partners, along with resource management and knowledge sharing tools. This will allow for engagement with distant often disenfranchised communities to explore organizing their own smaller Living Library events across the country. Our project is seeking a volunteer CFO and two project managers. Besides these two key position, we are also hoping to create a core group of volunteers to shepherd the program after the first iteration.