Our mission is to collaborate with marginalized people to cultivate dignity and connection to community through storytelling.
“If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive.”
Brene Brown, storyteller, professor and author
WHAT WE DO
Our work takes place on the unceeded territory of the Coast Salish People, specifically the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations.
The Existence Project runs storytelling workshops for marginalized people and community members who care: students, professional creatives and changemakers. Each workshop features a storyteller with a transformative experience of poverty, mental illness, addiction, or trauma. After a group discussion we build relationship to the story and each other through collaborative dialogue, drawing and writing. By sharing the voices of our participants with the public we bring hidden perspectives into community spaces.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.”
Maya Angelou, poet and civil rights activist
We envision The Existence Project as a model of community engagement for marginalized people that is delivered throughout Greater Victoria and across Canada.
We see our library of community voices transforming social dialogue and informing the policies of an inclusive Victoria.