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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 or Connie Guberman

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.

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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 Raagini Appadurai

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Raagini Appadurai shares her experience with racism, coming as an immigrant from India at a young age, and her growing love for activism and ant-racism movements. As an educator, she speaks about confronting powers, gaining knowledge, and pursuing social equity, and how she solidly stepped into the field of activism in her high school years, providing a stable platform for herself and her peers to speak about matters pertaining to social justice.

Interview with Sharon Laidford

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Sharon Laidford reflects on her time living with her family and the independently in the Malvern community. She specifically discusses her experience with the Women’s Place and the sense of community and empowerment it has given her. She notes the changes she has witnessed in Malvern over the years regarding its transportation and infrastructure while also noting how Malvern could change for the better in the future.

Interview with Margaret McPhail

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Margaret McPhail talks about her experience as an activist, through her role as a secondary school teacher and staff member at the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF/FEESO). She also describes her role on the International Women's Day Committee and with Organized Working Women.

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 Saarah

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Sarah discuss her personal experiences as a Muslim woman, her activism, her study of Canadian indigenous history, and her practicum experience in Toronto women's and refugee shelters.

Interview with Yvonne Garson

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Yvonne, a Polish resident of Guildwood Village, speaks about her journey to Canada and her experiences, particularly in Scarbourough. Explaining the reasons behind her parents' decision to come to Canada after World War II, Yvonne mentions how she moved around the GTA and finally settled in Guildwood, and she appreciated the close-knit community that it fostered. She elaborates on the early days of Guildwood Village and how the community members add value and take care of it.