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Call for Volunteers: Empathy Squad

“Virtual Volunteer Opportunity (Future Leaders Age 18-30)
Volunteer for the Empathy Squad to make a difference in your community through the power of storytelling. In the midst of global upheaval, and the search for social, class, and racial justice, we are looking for volunteers to generate empathy-building dialogue through the collection of stories and interviews.

Oral storytelling forges connections between people and ideas, makes information more accessible, and helps us understand the ties that bind us. Oral history nuances the stories of the past and present, helps us understand how communities experience history, and allows us to learn together on the path towards a shared future.

Amplify voices, centre overlooked stories, and celebrate the unsung heroes in your community. You’ll have the chance to collect stories, learn podcasting skills, meet new people from different walks of life, and collaborate with future leaders across the country. Come spark change, one story at a time.

  • Participants Will:
    Discover artful ways to volunteer in their community
  • Learn interview and recording techniques, narrative shaping and audio editing skills
  • Gain skills in community engagement through oral-history collection
  • Enhance readiness for leadership roles and community participation
  • Grow empathy from coast-to-coast through community-building dialogue
  • Connect with like minded peers as well as industry professionals to further develop a future in storytelling

Program Details:
Approximately 12 hours a week of commitment for 12 weeks total.
See full program schedule here:
Register for our upcoming information session on November 15th, 2022 at 7pm ET”

For more information, please visit:

-from FiXT POiNT

Workshop – Women Of Courage: All Of Our Stories (CultureLink, online)

“A storytelling workshop series for racialized immigrant Women from CultureLink’s Anti-Racism Action Program.

Racialized immigrant women age 40 and over engage in personal narrative, storytelling and/or drama. We welcome women from Afghanistan, African countries, Caribbean countries, China, Philippines, South Asian countries, Syria, and Tibet. The participants may have conventional refugee, permanent resident, landed immigrant or Canadian Citizen status.

The 8-week online workshop series will be delivered every Tue and Thu, between 6-8 pm.

In order to tell their stories, participants will cultivate digital literacy and social media skills, including tools such as Canva and Instagram.

The Project will culminate participants’ narratives with the launch of a Project Book online and story exhibitions at Toronto museums.”

For more information, please visit:

-from CultureLink

Ngashnaa/Our Mother (An insight into the indigenous history of Weston road)

UrbanArts presents Ngashnaa/Our Mother (An insight into the indigenous history of Weston Road) that will touch base on the historic carrying place trail of Weston and reclaim stories of the land that was before the rush of important intersections such as Weston and Lawrence.

Artist spotlight and program will be hosted by Star Nahwegahbo who will discuss the importance of storytelling accompanied by a colouring page and videos on the Humber River. The video is available to view on the YPA website.

An artist talk, interactive colouring page will be available and free to attend on November 25 from 6-8:00pm at Artscape Weston Common.

Folks attending must be show proof of vaccination.”

For more information, please visit: and

-from UrbanArts

Reconstructions of Home: HEAR US Storytelling Event (SKETCH, Toronto)

“Artists create installations and soundscapes under Gardiner Expressway to honour and celebrate those who lived homeless under T.O. bridge – in partnership with The Bentway.

Reconstructions of Home is a multi-sited progression of audio and visual installations under the Gardiner Expressway through which artists examine the tensions and violence of displacements, while honouring and celebrating the experiences of joy and community, of those who have survived homelessness under bridges in Toronto.

Artist Ry King creates a soundscape of stories and recollections from homeless community members as the backbone to understanding the hidden histories of Toronto’s homeless culture and frames the ongoing conflict between the city and displacements of these communities. Collected stories will create audio files later to be mixed and synthesized into a cohesive soundscape for the Bentway installations.

This project is produced in partnership with The Bentway.

Join us for Reconstruction of Home’s HEAR US, an audio scape created to celebrate the culture of Toronto’s homeless & houseless community:

For more information, please visit For more information, please visit and the storytelling event’s Eventbrite page

-from SKETCH

Oral Histories Program (First Peoples’ Cultural Council)

The Oral Histories Program provides funding and training to help organizations record oral histories about how Indigenous communities in B.C. have survived and lived through difficult times.

The Oral Histories Program is for First Nations and/or organizations in B.C. with a mandate or a focus that includes Indigenous heritage. This grant supports the recording of oral histories that are focused on how Indigenous communities and individuals survived and lived through difficult times in the past. These accounts can include a broad range of topics, including personal and collective experiences and lessons learned, ways of managing difficult circumstances, land and community-based activities that promoted resiliency and other experiences from the past that will guide and inspire future generations.

Funding recipients will have an existing relationship with an Elder or Knowledge Keeper in an Indigenous community in B.C. who will partner on this project. They must also have experience working with Indigenous history and cultural heritage, which can include professional or lived experience. Those who collect stories have the option of including them in a permanent, online living archive on FPCC’s First Peoples’ Map of B.C. The archive will inform future generations about how Indigenous communities and peoples adapt to challenges, such as COVID-19 and climate change.

This program is funded by the BC Heritage Branch, in the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development.”

For more information on eligibility and how to apply, please visit:

-from FPCC

Unscripted: Cultivating Languages of Access & Storytelling

“An online panel series exploring ideas around accessibility, decolonization and various approaches to performance and storytelling.

Co-produced by Red Dress Productions & Theatre Passe Muraille
April 7th, 8th & 9th 2021 -Via Zoom

Unscripted: Cultivating Languages of Access & Storytelling is an online panel series exploring ideas around accessibility, decolonization and various approaches to performance and storytelling. With a roster of artists approaching storytelling from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, the Unscripted series hopes to amplify conversations between artists who are engaging creatively with elements of sensory-based, linguistic and cultural accessibility.
Panel Co-Curators: Becky Gold and Wy Joung Kou
Panel Coordinator: Rinchen Dolma”

For more information and to register, please visit:

-from Red Dress Productions

iAM Registration is Open! JAYU: youth-led arts & social justice mentorship to anyone ages 12-26, across Ontario

“Welcome to the registration page for the iAM Program!
The iAM Program provides youth-led arts & social justice mentorship to anyone ages 12-26, across Ontario, Canada.

All programming is currently ONLINE. We will continue to review programming formats
during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Are you interested in making art? Growing your storytelling skills? Incorporating social justice into your creative process?
Sign up to participate in our FREE iAM Program. We will provide you with the creative toolkit you need to develop social justice focused artwork. 

To see examples of what you might create during the iAM Program, check out the work of previous iAM Graduates:

iAM registration is open to anyone who is interested. However, priority will be given to equity-seeking individuals. 

Equity-seeking individuals are those who identify as having barriers to equal access, opportunities and resources due to disadvantages and discrimination. This includes: 

  • Black and racialized people
  • People with disabilities
  • Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and MĂ©tis)
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Trans, Queer and 2-Spirit (LGBTQ2S+)”

For more information, please visit:

Art for Social Change: Weaving Together Just Livelihoods (Halifax & online)

What does it mean to make a good life?
What does a just livelihood look like? 
How did we get here, and where are we going?

Join FUTURES/forward artist Yasmine Hassen for a facilitated art-making workshop series to explore these questions through the practices of collaging, paper weaving, and storytelling. We will engage with themes such as just futures, deep time, decolonization, climate justice, and practices of reclamation. Over the course of the sessions, hosts + participants will share tools and practices that can be used as a powerful way to engage, reflect and mobilize around just livelihoods. 

On a practical level, we’ll be playing with paper! Cutting, weaving, and gluing to create our own expressions of a good life, a just livelihood, and our place in the fabric of time. You’ll also have the chance to talk about the art you’ve made, and if you choose, you can include your creations and your voice in a collective installation at the Ecology Action Centre on Fern Lane.

March 17 – 3:30-5:00pm
March 24 – 6:30-8:00pm
March 31 – 3:30-5:00pm

Join for one session, or attend all three. 
Participate via Zoom (online) or in person at 2482 Maynard Street.
All ages and abilities welcome!
BIPOC, Queer, and Trans folks welcome!

Materials needed: paper (any kind): newsprint/magazines, construction, etc., glue, scissors
Facilitation: Yasmine Hassen, Art for Social Change practitioner
Cost: Free!
Hosted by: Ecology Action Centre + Wonder’neath Art Society + International Centre of Art for Social Change FUTURES/forward”

For more information and to register, please visit:

-from Ecology Action Centre

Colour Palette: A Black Artist Online Showcase (SKETCH)

To live is to create and to create is to story-tell.

Colour Palette is a collection of works that explore many mediums of storytelling. These mediums reveal the varied histories of each artist, from birth, to pain, to joy, to self-discovery, to death, and beyond. See, hear, acknowledge, and share in these stories. Immerse yourself in the narratives of these Black artists; hear them, see them; feel them, be part of their story!”

For more information and to view the Colour Palette Showcase, please visit:

-from SKETCH

Digital Storytelling Series: Memoir Writing (Scarborough Arts)


Join us online via Zoom this fall for FREE media and storytelling workshops! Join artists Emmy Pantin and Jennifer LaFontaine of Community Story Collective to share your own stories and learn new skills with digital storytelling, podcasting, and memoir writing. Once registered you will receive a Zoom link. This series is funded by the Artist in the Library grant at Toronto Arts Council.


Each week we will focus on a different theme, exploring with narrative writing exercises and sharing circles. This program is available for Adults ages 18+.

Tuesdays October 20th, 27th, November 3rd, and 10th 2020
7:00 – 8:30 pm”

For more information and to register, please visit:

-from Scarborough Arts