Newcomers to P.E.I. invited to share their stories

Colin MacLean
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Immigrants take part in a digital storytelling workshop in Guelph, Ontario in 2013. Submitted photo

CHARLOTTETOWN – Which of life’s roads led them to Prince Edward Island?

 

Each immigrant’s story is unique and every one is worth the telling.

So the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 and the P.E.I. Association for Newcomers to Canada is inviting the public to do just that during an upcoming workshop series.

From March 12 to 16, newcomers to P.E.I. are invited to share and record their personal immigration stories.

The stories created will be added to the national museum’s Digital Storytelling Project and shared with the public as a learning resourcethat may become part of future museum exhibitions.

It’s an exciting project and every newcomer is invited, said Marie Chapman, CEO of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.

“The diverse personal immigration stories that newcomers share are a significant learning resource for present and future generations of Canadians,” said Chapman.

“Stories like those shared by PEI newcomers will help spark important conversations and foster greater understanding in our communities. When a newcomer shares their story as part of our Digital Storytelling Project, they are sharing it with all Canadians.”

Yvette Doucette, Information Officer at the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada, said the stories many of these people have to tell would surprise many born Canadians.

“We are inspired over-and-over by the stories our clients tell about their lives,” said Doucette.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for them to reach a wider audience with their story, and receive training from trained Museum staff on the digital program used in this project.”

The workshop is free of charge and open to both youth and adults.

On March 12 and 13 the sessions will be from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., while the March 15 and 16 sessions will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Participants can register up to March 9 for the free, four-day workshop by contacting Nancy Clement at nancy@peianc.com or by calling 902-628-6009 ext. 217.

Space is limited. Lunch and break refreshments will be provided.

Organizations: Canadian Museum of Immigration, P.E.I. Association for Newcomers

Geographic location: P.E.I., Canada

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