Singing our Stories

Amplifying Voices, Empowering Lives: Singing Our Stories through Art and Music

Research suggests that art and music are integral in assisting newcomer and refugee children and young people reclaim their stories and share insights into their lived experiences. Singing Our Stories mobilizes art and music to amplify the voices of newcomer and refugee children and young people who experience displacement, migration, and settlement. This project responds to the fact that newcomer and refugee children and young people face substantial discriminatory assumptions about their positionalities and lived experiences that are actualized as systemic barriers to their settlement and, ultimately, their wellbeing.

We recognize that newcomer and refugee children and young people have much knowledge to share with society not only about the systemic racism, ageism, discrimination, and marginalization they face, but also the joy, creativity, wonder and sense of connection and belonging they experience. Self-expression through art, music, and storytelling is key to sharing this knowledge. Artistic processes provide tangible and creative ways for young people to reclaim and tell their own stories, voice their perspectives, and share insights into their lived experiences. Singing Our Stories provides newcomer and refugee youth with opportunities to empower themselves creativity through networked community art- and music-making, group singing, and songwriting across refugee communities in Canadian and transnational contexts.