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Vancouver Immigrants invited to celebrate diversity and heritage at free workshop

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VANCOUVER, October 22, 2015— As part of a project to collect personal stories of immigration to Canada, Passages Canada and the City of Vancouver hosted two free workshops, “The Stories We Hold.” The workshops invited the public to speak about their cultural identity and heritage through story-sharing activities.

Participants were asked to bring an object that tells a story of their immigration, heritage, or family’s ancestry, such as a ticket stub, a toy, or a photograph. Passages Canada facilitators provided tips for telling stories in a compelling way. Local assistants helped to record these objects and stories for the Passages Canada online Story Archive  passagestocanada.com/story-archive

Naveen Girn opened the first workshop. A Passages Canada speaker, Girn is a cultural researcher and community engagement specialist whose interests focus on intercultural oral history.

“Even before Confederation, Vancouver was welcoming people from many other countries,” said Anthony Wilson-Smith, President and CEO of Historica Canada.  “There are many and diverse stories, and we’re pleased to be able to present some of them through the voices of our Passages Canada speakers and our Story Archive.”

Passages Canada is a national storytelling program of Historica Canada that nurtures cross-cultural dialogue in Canadian communities. Our volunteer speakers share their personal experiences of identity, culture and immigration with groups of all ages. Passages Canada is generously funded by TD Bank Group and Citizenship and Immigration Canada.


Historica Canada is the country’s largest organization dedicated to enhancing awareness of Canada’s history and citizenship.



For more information:

Muna Gaye, Program Officer                                         Andrea Hall, Communications Coordinator

T 416.506.1867 x 249                                                    t. 416-506-1867 x 261

mgaye@historicacanada.ca                                          ahall@historicacanada.ca