Treasured Memories, Family Stories is a heritage sharing school program focusing on the settlement experiences of 20th-century immigrants to Toronto. In the 2006/2007 school year, the program is being piloted with more than 150 grade 5-8 students in Toronto schools, and will be available on the internet next year. The students at E.A.S.T. Alternative School, Humewood Community School, Hilltop Middle School, and Valley Park Middle School conducted oral history interviews with their relatives in order to present and share their family histories with their teachers, peers, and communities. This project aims to help students understand their place in Ontario’s history, to increase tolerance and understanding in a multicultural society, and to engage young people in the history-making process.
This project was made possible through the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.