About Us

Who we are

Our Mission Statement

Our Mission Statement

Storytellers of Canada – Conteurs du Canada is devoted to connecting people, reflecting culture, and inspiring learning and creativity through the art of storytelling.

We Value: 

  • The roots of storytelling as an oral tradition to pass on one to another;
  • Oral storytelling as a performing art, and storytellers who have professional aspirations;
  • Oral storytelling reflecting diversity and intangible cultural heritage; 
  • Listeners of all ages hearing stories told in a variety of settings, languages and for different purposes;
  • Storytellers and supporters working together for artistic excellence, creation and innovation.

Storytellers of Canada Land Acknowledgement:

Storytellers of Canada – Conteurs du Canada acknowledges that First Peoples of Canada have been telling stories on this land and about this land for millennia. Storytellers of Canada acknowledges with respect and honour, the traditional territories of the many Nations of Indigenous peoples of Canada. We are proud to promote storytelling which reflects diversity and intangible cultural heritage, by sharing the roots of storytelling as an oral tradition to pass on to future generations.

As a national organization, we recognize the uniqueness of each region’s territories and the groups that practice storytelling therein. We express the hope that by listening to each other’s stories, we will find ways to live together in greater harmony and to work together to respect and protect this land for future generations.

Developed in partnership with the Indigenous Advisory Council

Storytellers of Canada – Conteurs du Canada (SC-CC) statement to honor the 215 children whose remains were discovered at the Kamloops Residential School, British Columbia

Posted June 3, 2021

We as an organization are deeply saddened to learn about the remains of 215 Indigenous children that were found at the Kamloops Residential School last week. We grieve with the families and communities that are affected by the heinous occurrences which resulted in this discovery. 

We acknowledge that the injustices of the Residential School system are not stories of a distant past but are still being felt immensely to this day. These are stories that must be told by Indigenous people. 

As those stories are told, Canada must listen with heart and spirit and accompany those who are in mourning at this time. 

We must continue to work towards establishing the trust necessary to allow truth to emerge, a story of the new relationship that effectively addresses past and present injustices.

SC-CC is committed to providing space and platforms for Indigenous voices to share their stories, fully participating in our organization at all levels, to learn from Indigenous educators in the art of Indigenous storytelling, in ways of knowing and being.

We mourn the stories that have been lost and never heard. We cannot rewrite past stories, but we express the hope that we can learn to listen- and create- new ones. 

A national Indian Residential School Crisis Line has also been set up to provide support for former students and those affected. People can access emotional and crisis referral services by calling the 24-hour national crisis line: 1-866-925-4419. Learn more on the Indian Residential School Survivors Society’s website

Storytellers of Canada Solidarity Statement: 

(originally posted June 9th, 2020)

In light of events over the past few weeks which have highlighted an ongoing and deeply-rooted racism problem- both nationally and internationally- we want to be clear that Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada strongly condemns anti-Black discrimination, and all forms of racism that permeate our society. SC-CC is committed to amplifying the voices of Black artists and Black arts professionals and we will share anti-racism learning materials and other materials that highlight the work of black storytelling artists and the importance of storytelling in understanding one another.

We recognize and honor all of those whose lives have been cut tragically short by police violence. Storytellers of Canada recognizes the inherent racism in our country’s colonial roots and since 2016, has been actively working towards reconciliation with the help of our Indigenous Advisory Council. We will continue this work, and to work against anti-black racism. We welcome suggestions and are intent on learning how to contribute to a more inclusive society.

Our History

Our History

Celebrating Storytellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada

Storytellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada (SC-CC) was founded in 1993 as a result of a national meeting in Montreal, in 1992, instigated by Rosalyn Cohen. Since then, SC-CC holds an national conference in a different location each year. In 2000, SC-CC was incorporated as a Non-Profit Organization and received its National Arts Service Organization designation.

SC-CC functions as the national representative for those involved in maintaining and practising oral traditions in Canada.

SC-CC encourages the participation of all peoples, by recognizing storytelling as a common root of all cultures and by making strong, positive efforts towards regional and cultural inclusion.

(Pictured: the founding members of SC-CC at their first conference in Montreal, 1993)

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