1 June 2018

How does telling a story affect the way we understand, share, and create knowledge? With their new book, “Activating the Heart: Storytelling, Knowledge Sharing and Relationship” (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, June 2018) 2008 Foundation scholar Julia Christensen, 2009 Foundation scholar Christopher Cox, and 2009 Foundation scholar Lisa Szabo-Jones weave an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural dialogue on the significance of narrative and story – most saliently in Indigenous knowledge frameworks. Through theoretical, empirical, and literary work, the authors demonstrate how storytelling is a tool for knowledge production and sharing to build new connections between people and their histories, environments, and cultural geographies.

This book is the result of a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation-funded workshop held in 2012 in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Order the book here.

Julia Christensen

Assistant professor of geography and planning at Roskilde University in Denmark and a research fellow at the Institute of Circumpolar Health Research in Yellowknife, NWT

2008 Scholars

Christopher Cox

Christopher is providing support for Indigenous language education and revitalization efforts in schools and communities throughout the territory of Yukon.

2009 Scholars

Lisa Szabo-Jones

Lisa wants to use Canadian poetry to cultivate and sustain affiliation and care for the local environment.

2009 Scholars