Sto­ry­telling project seeks folk­lore sto­ries from around the world

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON -

A new project is set­ting out to share the sto­ries of Cape Bre­ton­ers that are some­times not widely heard, mainly those who were born out­side of Canada.

“One Upon an Is­land: Tra­di­tional Tales from new Cape Bre­ton­ers” is a sto­ry­telling project that in­vites new Cape Bre­ton­ers to sub­mit tra­di­tional sto­ries from around the world. Any­one who lives in Cape Breton and was born out­side of Canada is in­vited to par­tic­i­pate re­gard­less of their im­mi­gra­tion sta­tus or how long they’ve lived in Cape Breton.

“Cape Breton’s di­verse cul­tures play an im­por­tant role in driv­ing our com­mu­ni­ties and econ­omy for­ward,” said Carla Arse­nault, chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer with Cape Breton Part­ner­ship, in a press re­lease.

The project is be­ing co-or­di­nated by the Cape Breton Lo­cal Im­mi­gra­tion Part­ner­ship (CBLIP), an ini­tia­tive through the Cape Breton Part­ner­ship, and is sup­ported by part­ners at Im­mi­gra­tion Refugees and Cit­i­zen­ship Canada, the Nova Sco­tia Of­fice of Im­mi­gra­tion, the Cape Breton Re­gional Li­brary and the Eastern Coun­ties Re­gional Li­brary.

“The col­lected sto­ries will be com­plied into a col­lec­tion of world folk­lore, show­cas­ing the di­ver­sity of sto­ry­telling tra­di­tions that ex­ist in Cape Breton,” said CBLIP co-or­di­na­tor Kailea Ped­ley in a press re­lease. “The hope is for this col­lec­tion to prov­ince new­com­ers with an av­enue for shar­ing their cul­tures via story and pro­vide the wider Cape Breton com­mu­nity an op­por­tu­nity to bet­ter un­der­stand the cul­tural di­ver­sity on our Is­land.”

The com­plete col­lec­tion will be un­veiled dur­ing the 2019 Isle of Story Fes­ti­val and will be avail­able on­line, in li­braries and other lo­ca­tions through­out Cape Breton.

Sub­mis­sion sto­ries could in­clude folk­lore, myths, leg­ends and tra­di­tional chil­dren’s sto­ries.

Par­tic­i­pants can sub­mit their sto­ries on­line and find more in­for­ma­tion at www.on­ce­upon­cape­bre­

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