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Stories from Scarborough

The Stories from Scarborough Collection(SFS) and corresponding course management site (formerly known as the Scarborough Oral History Project and Nearby Studies) are part of an interdisciplinary initiative that supports course-based community research and pedagogical innovation.

The course is interdisciplinary in its design and delivery and has been offered since 2013. It has been offered in partnership with courses in History, Womens’ and Gender Studies, Anthropology, City Studies, Sociology and in the winter of 2022, Curatorial Studies. Students conduct their research in interdisciplinary teams and are introduced to qualitative interviewing research methods and the practice of storytelling. Since the first offering of the course, the final assignment has involved some form of rich media assignment – digital storytelling, mini digital documentary, podcast, StoryMapping. Course research themes have included: community leadership, migration/immigration, sense of belonging, gender dynamics, awareness of indigeneity, social justice and activism, textile production and heritage preservation. For more information on the course and its associated archive please contact: Christine Berkowitz chris.berkowitz@utoronto.ca or Connie Guberman c.guberman@utoronto.ca.

Interview with Alexandra Flynn

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Professor Alexandra Flynn speaks on her personal experience growing up in Indigenous communities and learning to become an Indigenous ally. She also notes the importance of actively integrating Indigenous knowledge into education while also touching upon the ways in which she tries to promote Indigenous knowledge in her City Studies courses.

Interview with Audry

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Despite having little exposure to Indigenous culture, Audry talks about her own understanding of Indigenous issues. She also talks about the education curriculum regarding Indigenous issues and culture as a primary school teacher.

Interview with Carla Neto

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Carla Neto speaks about her work as a social activist at Women's Habitat, working in a variety of positions for over 24 years and helping vulnerable women and children get the support they need. The focus of the interview is immigrant women and how Carla continues to assist these women.

Interview with confidential participant 002

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A McMaster student of psychology and social work discusses the importance of mental health awareness and the difference between mental health and mental illness. The participant discusses different tools for building mental health awareness, including online resources, workshops, lived experience and conversations with peers. They also speak about cultural stigma and taboo surrounding mental illness and how mental health education continues to be taught from a colonial perspective.

Interview with Asalu

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Asalu shares her own personal awareness and understanding of indigenous issues as an educator, as well as her knowledge on Indigenous education.

Interview with Floro

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Floro talks about his personal experience as an immigrant and his awareness of Indigenous issues and culture. Regarding his work at a Toronto Public Library, he talks about how his community's library takes a strong initiative to educate others on Indigenous culture and issues. Mentioning other branches of the Toronto Public Libraries, he speaks about how all have engaged in creating a space for Indigenous peoples to feel comfortable and respected.

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