What’s Your Story? - A Canada 2017 Year­book

Shar­ing Our Cul­tures Canada 150 project has been show­cased in the 2017 year­book

The Western Star - - CLOSE TO HOME - BY BETH PEN­NEY

With 2017 com­ing to an end, a spe­cial project show­cas­ing Cana­di­ans from ev­ery prov­ince and ter­ri­tory is now avail­able.

What’s Your Story? - A Canada 2017 Year­book pub­lished by CBC/ Ra­dio- Canada in­cludes over 150 sto­ries, pho­to­graphs and ex­pe­ri­ences from in­di­vid­u­als of all cul­tural back­grounds.

In cel­e­bra­tion of Canada 150, Shar­ing Our Cul­tures put out a call for high school stu­dents from all di­verse cul­tures around the prov­ince to cre­ate a five minute video about what Canada means to them.

Sa­muel Mok, an in­ter­na­tional stu­dent from Hong Kong who at­tends Water­ford Val­ley High School in St. John’s de­scribed Canada as a trea­sure in his video.

“The peo­ple here are friendly and will­ing to help oth­ers,” he said. “My move to Canada has made me un­der­stand my­self.”

Marwa Askar is from Syria. In her video she says that when she was in Le­banon she wasn’t al­lowed to go to school.

“I love Canada be­cause it has given me a chance to get an ed­u­ca­tion,” she said.

Lloy­detta Quaicoe, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Shar­ing Our Cul­tures in St. John’s is be­hind the idea for the or­ga­ni­za­tions Canada 150 project.

“I wanted to do some­thing that would leave a le­gacy,” said Quaicoe. “I wanted to un­der­stand how stu­dents were re­ally feel­ing.”

Dozens of stu­dents from across the prov­ince en­tered and shared their thoughts on what Canada means to them.

This wasn’t the only project Shar­ing Our Cul­tures tack­led for Canada 150, back in March stu­dents from Kugluk­tuk, Nu­navut came to St. John’s for a three-day in­ter­cul­tural event at The Rooms.

Fol­low­ing the event, stu­dents from St. John’s had the op­por­tu­nity to travel to Nu­navut to ex­pe­ri­ence the Cana­dian arc­tic.

“We wanted to bring indige­nous youth and new­comer youth to­gether,” said Quaicoe. “We al­ways want to en­cour­age youth to cel­e­brate their cul­tural her­itage and to think about their sense of be­long­ing in Canada.”



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