After the first round of Nogo/Ptbo digital storytelling workshops this fall, on December 7th, the Aging Activisms team launched the Stories of Resistance and Resurgence in Nogojiwanong/Peterborough media capsule archive! We celebrated the launch of the media capsules with multi-generational community celebration, workshop, and potluck at Sadleir House.
The workshop, and the media capsules, were created as a part of May Chazan's course, "Activists and Actiivisms" (WMST4122). In this course, the students have been engaged in intergenerational, community-based research all semester. They have worked with twelve local activists to archive their stories and experiences of activism in Nogojiwanong/ Peterborough. The storytellers have shared so much through their stories and presence, throughout these workshops. Storytellers, students, Aging Activisms crew, and other guests gathered to celebrate what we created together this fall.
In addition to sharing food and stories, we had the opportunity to screen six media capsules, and participate in discussion and reflection about the digital storytelling process. Plus, we closed out the event with a lovely poem by fantastic local poet, Sasha Patterson.
These initial twelve media capsules are part of a multi-year research project, which is working to bring community activists together across generations and movements to share and record diverse stories of activism in Nogojiwanong/ Peterborough. The media capsules developed this fall were created in collaboration with the Ontario Public Interest Research Group - Peterborough and the Trent Community Research Centre. We will be adding to these in the years to come, so stay tuned!
Many, many deep-hearted thanks to the storytellers, the students, all of the individuals and groups who collaborated on this project, and the Aging Activisms research crew that made these wonderful media capsules possible!