Storytelling through Experiences


In February, OPL celebrates storytelling through experiences. Whether they are personal anecdotes, family history lore, or tales of the broader political and ethnic communities we belong to, our experiences together combine to tell Canada’s story, past and present.This month we’ll be shining the spotlight on some very different, but all very Canadian, experiences.

In The Door You Came In, author David Macfarlane, with musician Douglas Cameron, uses spoken word and song to tell the story of his Newfoundland family and the war that changed it forever.  In partnership with the Canadian War Museum, we are very pleased to present this extraordinary performance on Saturday, February 25 at the Museum’s Barney Danson Theatre.

Many of our families’ Canadian stories begin with immigration.  For a million of us, the first family member to come to Canada was a Home Child, sent from Britain in the 19th century to be placed in a Canadian home, for better or worse.  Gloria Tubman, herself the granddaughter of a Home Child, will discuss this intriguing chapter of Canadian history in Researching British Home Children: an Education at Nepean Centrepointe on February 18.

On Thursday, February 23, we invite you to consider a more recent immigrant experience.  In partnership with Amnesty International Canada, we will be screening the National Film Board documentary, Last Chance, at the Mayfair Theatre. Last Chance follows 5 asylum seekers fleeing homophobic violence in their native countries, and illustrates the hurdles they face in coming to Canada. 

On a lighter note, families of all kinds will be celebrated in special children’s programs at many branches this month. Come and join the fun!

Don’t forget the great OPL resources that highlight Canadians and their many and diverse experiences.  Check out our online list of recommended resources about Storytelling through Experiences. 

If you are curious about your own family history, our genealogy resources will get you started. And be sure to have a look at your local branch for displays introducing more materials about Canadian experiences.

Hope to see you at the Library in February to celebrate our experiences together!