The Stories We Hold: Presented by Passages Canada

We want to hear your stories, Regina!

National storytelling initiative Passages Canada is coming to the Regina Campus of Saskatchewan Polytechnic to collect local stories of  immigration, cultural identity,
and heritage at a series of free workshops

Help us capture the cultural diversity of the city: bring an object or relic that tells a story of your immigration journey, your heritage, or your family’s ancestry. This could be a piece of clothing, a family heirloom, a family photograph, or anything that is meaningful to you.

Your objects and stories will be recorded and added to the Passages Canada online Story Archive, an ever-growing, living archive of Canada’s cultural diversity.

April 25th—27th 2016

Saskatchewan Polytechnic | Regina Campus |

4500 Wascana Parkway, Regina, SK S4P 3A3, Canada




We Are All Connected

In order to better understand culture, you need to examine the characteristics and their ramifications. Canada is a vast melting pot, amazingly everyone’s cultures are aware and strong.

Culture is learnt, can change over time, and is followed through generations. It’s important to take the time to study and learn about different cultures. As we all are connected in one way with respect.

Rachel DeHart, owner of Rising Moon located in Winnipeg, MB. Follows the traditions of Paganism. Pagan’s often are considered polytheists, meaning they worship more than one God or Goddess.

Pagan’s are connected to nature and revolve their lives around the changing of the seasons, the elements and the moon cycles. They use old world folk magic, herbalism, divination and ritual work as forms of worship. Pagan’s lean on natural or holistic forms of healing. They believe that they are empowered individuals and able to manifest what they need in their lives.

Many types of popular items used in this culture are their own ritual tools and power objects, just as in other cultures. Stemmed from history throughout ages, stones and natural things grown in land such as sage, sweet grass, cedar, lavender, mullein, yarrow, juniper, and many natural oils and candles.

Paganism is very rich in history, a culture found all over the world and practiced for centuries. The choice to learn more about this culture is it’s becoming more modern. The practises of paganism is seen and found everywhere.

It’s important to learn about your culture and learn about all other cultures. Being interested in learning more about all cultures including your own, this helps people in general better understand a culture rather than deciding what you think you know.

As every culture and person deserves respect. As we are all the same, just practice different cultures.

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Le Nouvel an chinois

Dans la tradition chinoise, le Nouvel An est fêté le premier jour du calendrier lunaire, cette année c’était le 8 février 2016. Cette occasion est célébrée pendant deux semaines, nous visitons et recevons la visite de la famille afin de souhaiter à chacun une nouvelle année remplie de bonnes choses. Les personnes mariées offrent en cadeau des «fung pao» ou des «enveloppes rouges» qui contiennent de l’argent aux enfants. Des fruits et des friandises sucrées sont offerts aux visiteurs qui nous visitent, ce qui représentent la vitalité et la douceur. Les maisons sont décorées avec des objets qui symbolisent la prospérité, le bonheur et l’abondance comme des images de lingots d’or, le Buddha souriant et les lanternes rouges. Les couleurs rouge et or sont fortement préférées par les Chinois, le rouge symbolise la fortune et la joie et le jaune de l’or symbolise l’énergie positive (Yin), la chance et la liberté. La danse du lion est un rituel populaire et traditionnel. Cette danse consiste à porter un costume de lion et danser à des pas spécifiques aux sons du tambour. Voilà pourquoi vous voyez beaucoup de rouge et or dans ma photo ainsi que des objets symboliques de ma culture.

David_Nguyen-Ong Bob (Uncle Bob)

Ong Bob (Uncle Bob)

In 2014, we celebrated Robert Sargent’s 90th birthday at St. Saviour’s Anglican Church in Toronto. 35 years ago he welcomed my parents, Vietnamese boat people, to Canada. He has become a part of our family and we affectionately call him ‘Ong Bob’, which is Uncle Bob in Vietnamese. This was his last birthday celebration. My siblings and I are all grown up now. We are proud Canadians and owe much thanks to Canadians like Uncle Bob acted as a guardian and mentor to us. We will carry on his legacy by remembering to give a hand to newcomers joining our Canadian family.