Department of Imaginary Affairs

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We seek, collect, and share stories of new and developing Canadians from coast to coast to coast. Every story helps us learn more about the people who live in Canada. Through our projects, we share these stories in the hopes of creating a nation of empathetic citizens, public services, and policies. Stories are the key to challenging assumptions, nurturing and fostering creativity, and giving rise to citizen voices. We use design thinking to solve challenges that face Canadians in the realm of civic engagement. We believe that an engaged, informed citizen is the key to a successful community. Our projects focus on helping new and developing Canadians through the stories they have to tell. We define “new” as newcomers; those who have arrived in Canada and are rebuilding their life here. For them, a sense of belonging can be paramount to fitting in and feel that they are contributing to society. Our projects are designed to help them along their journey. We define “developing” as youth; our younger generation have a voice and they need to be heard. Engaging them early in their development as citizens ensures that they become active in the development of their community, neighbourhood, and city. By helping them find their voice and giving them a platform to explore that voice, we are helping to build the leaders of tomorrow.