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UNB hosting national storytelling conference

Author: UNB Newsroom

Posted on Jun 7, 2019

Category: UNB Fredericton , myUNB

The University of New Brunswick’s faculty of education in Fredericton is hosting the 28th annual Storytellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada National Conference from June 5-9.

The theme of this year’s conference, Weaving Baskets of Knowledge/Le conte ou l'art de tisser les fils de la connaissance/Akonutomahtimok: Askomiw Latokonasuwol Kcicihtuwakonol, was gifted by former Elder-in-Residence Imelda Perley.

The English expansion of the theme is: The weavers are the storytellers and the baskets of knowledge are the stories. Stories educate and give us joy. They are intergenerational. Stories are a defining part of all cultures, a primary way we make meaning, and a fundamental component of what makes us social beings. What baskets will you share?

Twenty-seven storytellers from across Canada are scheduled to share their stories at this event. UNB speakers include Imelda Perley, Natalie Sappier, Dr. Sherry Rose, Dr. Sue Fisher, Phillip Sexsmith, Ramona Nicholas and Kim Stewart. Prominent storytellers Bob Barton and Sheree Fitch will also be speaking.

Individual tickets may be purchased for a variety of conference activities, including day passes and a special all-ages family storytelling concert on Saturday evening.

About Storytellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada

Storytellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada is a non-profit organization that encourages the participation of all peoples, by recognizing storytelling as a common root of all cultures. It is devoted to connecting people, reflecting culture, and inspiring discovery through the art of Storytelling and embraces all ages in a wide array of settings, languages, and for different purposes. SC-CC values storytelling as an oral tradition, and as a performing art with storytellers who have professional aspirations.

For further information, please contact the co-chairs of the conference planning committee:

Media contact: Angie Deveau