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Passages to Canada Workshop Encourages Canadians to Share Stories of Diversity and Heritage

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Canadians from diverse backgrounds shared their stories of Canadian identity at a workshop organized by The Historica-Dominion Institute’s Passages to Canada program.

TORONTO, Oct. 3, 2012 – With Citizenship Week quickly approaching, Canadians from diverse backgrounds shared their stories of Canadian identity at a workshop organized by The Historica-Dominion Institute’s Passages to Canada program at the University of Toronto featuring the founder of Canadian Immigrant magazine, Nick Noorani.

Noorani began by sharing his own experience as an immigrant from India. Arriving in Vancouver in the 1990s, Noorani, one of few visible minorities, started his career in entry-level jobs. He has gone on to publish numerous books to support other newcomers encountering the challenges Noorani himself overcame.

Workshop participants, including student and community organizations, learned how to craft their own unique stories of heritage and diversity from professional story-crafting facilitators, Emmanuelle Pantin and Liz Springate, from the North York Community House. Many of the participants will go on to share their stories with schools and community groups as volunteers of the Passages to Canada Speakers Bureau.

“We are thrilled to be working with our current and prospective Passages to Canada speakers to tell the stories that make up Canada’s rich cultural mosaic,” said Anthony Wilson-Smith, President of The Historica-Dominion. “We are proud to be creating awareness of the stories and experiences of diverse Canadians in the lead up to Citizenship Week and beyond.”

The Passages to Canada Speaker’s Bureau offers volunteers from a diverse range of ethno-cultural, religious and linguistic backgrounds the opportunity to share stories of their heritage and identity with schools and community groups. Since 2002, over 700 new Canadians have created dialogue on Canada’s diversity with over 250,000 youth and adults. Passages to Canada is generously supported by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and TD Bank Group.

The Historica-Dominion Institute is the largest charitable organization dedicated to Canadian history, identity and citizenship. Its mandate is to build active and informed citizens through a greater knowledge and appreciation of the history, heritage and stories of Canada. Visit www.historica-dominion.ca.

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For more information:
Davida Aronovitch, Communications Manager
t: 416.506.1553 / c: 416.460.3284
daronovitch@historica-dominion.ca