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Passages to Canada Workshop Encourages Vancouverites to Share Stories of Diversity

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Vancouverites from diverse backgrounds shared their stories of Canadian identity at a storytelling workshop 

VANCOUVER, January 30, 2013 – Vancouverites from diverse backgrounds shared their stories of Canadian identity at a storytelling workshop organized by The Historica-Dominion Institute’s Passages to Canada program at the Metro Vancouver YWCA, featuring immigration lawyer, Emma Andrews, and cultural historian, Naveen Girn, in partnership with the Vancouver Mokuyokai Society.

Lawyer Andrews discussed her experience of emigrating from Honduras in the midst of civil war and historian Girn talked of being the child of immigrants and bridging the gap between his family’s heritage and his Canadian upbringing.  Workshop participants learned how to craft their own unique stories of heritage and diversity from professional story-crafting facilitators from Passages to Canada. 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.

“Vancouver is a city of diverse communities, each of them with great stories to tell,” said Anthony Wilson-Smith, President of The Historica-Dominion Institute. “We’re delighted to have the opportunity to help tell these stories through our work with our Passages to Canada speakers.”

The Passages to Canada Speakers 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 speakers 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.


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Davida Aronovitch, Communications Manager
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