We have explored our personal family history and experimented with different forms of poetry to create verses that reflect our personal identity and also our place-identity that was inspired by our family histories. We have discovered how our geographic location and the communities we are surrounded in shape our identities.
Through listening to others stories of living in another place or country and then moving to Canada, we have been able to understand the many personal stories that create who we are collectively as "Canadians". One quote that stood out to us from one of our guests was that he viewed his immigration story as a "history of hope" because although he experienced hardship and loss, his story was filled with hope and new opportunities.
We are looking forward to using our expert’s stories as inspiration in creating our own empathy pieces to highlight the stories of belonging and what it means to be part of our unique and diverse country.
Margeaux Montgomery is an educator who enjoys exploring, wondering, creating and laughing with her students’ daily.