Calgary Public Library is working with master storyteller Richard Van Camp, to gather COVID-19 stories from Calgarians and members of the Treaty 7 Nations.

Both locally and globally we are living through exceptional times that are changing the way we live, learn, work, and play. The Library invites community members of all ages to contribute stories that will shape the understanding of these times for future generations.

This has been one of the most challenging and disruptive times in our history, but sharing stories is both healing and community building. As Richard Van Camp says, “Stories are spirit medicine. Stories can prepare you for what's coming and they can help mend what's been hurt.”

Submitting Your Digital Content

What should I submit?

You are invited to submit written stories, photos, illustrations, videos, or audio recordings that document experiences of COVID-19. We encourage the storytelling to be as personal and authentic as possible. It must be original, and you must own the rights.

Some questions that may help shape your story are:

  • What has been particularly challenging or inspiring during the pandemic?
  • What did you miss the most during the COVID-19 lockdown?
  • What acts of kindness have you observed?
  • What changes have you observed in your community?
  • How has this pandemic changed your daily or weekly routine?
  • What would you want future generations to know about this time?
  • What are your hopes for the future?

The deadline for submissions is November 30, 2020.

How Will the Material Be Used?

The copyright for your submission remains with you, but in submitting it to Calgary Public Library you are agreeing that the Library may use your submission should we choose to do so.

Your submissions may be used in future projects such as exhibits, the digital story kiosk, and community history research.

Please email storyteller@calgarylibrary.ca if you have any questions about this project.