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One speaker’s story: Jason Lee: This 90-second animated video tells Passages Canada speaker Jason Lee’s story of immigration and identity.
What is Passages Canada? This 2-minute video gives an overview of the Passages Canada program by following one speaker on her visit to King Edward Public School.
Asia-Canada Website: Explore the relationship between East and West from earliest times to the present day.
Explore the Canadian Encyclopedia exhibit, Southeast Asian Refugees in Canada
Enhance your students’ knowledge and appreciation of the Black Canadian experience, drawing from Lawrence Hill’s award-winning historical fiction, The Book of Negroes. Download your FREE copy of the Black History in Canada Education Guide.
Cosmopolis Toronto: With more than half its three million inhabitants born outside of Canada, it’s clear that Toronto is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Visit Cosmopolis Toronto to explore the unique histories of Torontonians from around the world, through Colin Boyd Shafer’s documentary photography.
Visit Checklist for Organizers and Educators:
Ensure that you have provided your speaker with the following information well in advance of the speaking engagement:
- format of presentation (i.e. will there be time for a Q & A, will they be speaking to more than one class),
- content you would like speaker to cover,
- audience’s prior knowledge of the theme,
- audience’s language level,
- parking or transit arrangements,
- speaker’s arrival time (ask speaker to arrive ahead of scheduled speaking time),
- where speaker must check in upon arrival and who will be meeting them; and,
- the venue’s technical capabilities in case the speaker would like to use PowerPoint or other technological resources.
Tips for a Successful Passages Canada Event:
- Respond to all emails from Passages Canada staff and speaker promptly to avoid delays.
- Please provide at least two business days’ notice to both the speaker and Passages Canada if you must cancel or postpone the event.
- Prepare the group ahead of time by having them prepare questions for the speaker. You may want to email these questions to the speaker prior to the visit.
- Arrange to meet the speaker when they arrive and direct them to the space where the event will take place.
- Offer the speaker a glass of water or something to eat if he or she is remaining over lunch.
- Have an audience member introduce the speaker.
- Suggest that a group of students thank the speaker personally on behalf of the class when the visit is over.
- Ask the audience to share their reactions after the visit is over and the speaker has left. Consider sharing this feedback with the speaker in a thank-you email.
Thanking the speaker:
Passages Canada is a program that is provided free of charge to all groups and payment is not at all expected. However, many groups present the speakers with a small gift (e.g. pens, mugs, t-shirts, gift cards for a local coffee shop) or, simply, write the speaker a card. These tokens are always very much appreciated.