Collecting & Preserving Mississauga's Stories
through Oral Histories
Why Oral Histories?
Oral histories are a valuable tool for capturing and preserving information about historical events, lives of individuals, and memories that may otherwise be lost. Allowing people to use their own words can move them to share aspects of their life experience that may not be recorded in writing or in photos.
What’s Your Story?
Everyone has a story, from the Indigenous Mississaugas, to the early settlers whose toil helped shape the modern landscape we live, work and play in today, to those who arrived in Mississauga yesterday. Our heritage is ever growing and these stories, your stories, are what make Mississauga unique. These stories need to be recorded!
Who Can Share Their Story?
We invite everyone, of any age, of any background, to share your stories with us. Remember what was, reflect on what is, and ponder what the future will bring to Mississauga! Think of the stories your house, your street or your community could tell if only they could talk. And they can talk – they just need a voice to relate that story and to preserve it for future generations!
BECOME A CULTURAL HERITAGE CHAMPION
Heritage Mississauga is looking for Cultural Heritage Champions who can introduce and connect your community or cultural group's elders, community leaders, and ambassadors to us.
You will work with Heritage Mississauga to record oral histories of your community and preserve Mississauga's cultural story in a fun and creative way.
Introduce and connect your community or cultural group to
We are looking for Cultural Heritage Champions who will be able to introduce and connect us with members of their community.
Heritage Mississauga would like to connect with potential cultural heritage ambassadors for this project. We would also like to connect with elders and community leaders, who we can organize oral histories with.
Invite members of your community or cultural group to one of Heritage Mississauga's workshops about this project.
We are looking for Cultural Heritage Champions who will be able to promote our workshops to their community.
Heritage Mississauga will be putting on FREE workshops in the community about this project. We need your help to encourage your friends, colleagues, and community to come, so that we can spread the word about the importance of preserving Mississauga's cultural heritage.
Nominate leaders in your community for "The Credits", Heritage Mississauga's annual event that honours our city's heritage heroes.
We are looking for Cultural Heritage Champions who will nominate their community and cultural leaders for The Credits.
Heritage Mississauga is always looking to honour those in the community, and our annual awards gala gives us the opportunity to do that. Nominate someone you know who is a heritage hero in Mississauga! For more information, please visit: www.thecredits.strikingly.com.
Research your community's immigration story.
We are looking for Cultural Heritage Ambassadors who would like to spend time researching your community's immigration story.
Heritage Mississauga has a Historian on staff who is knowledgeable about all the ways that you can do research. If you're interested in diving deeper into the history of your community in Mississauga, we would be able teach you how to do this. From your research, we can work together to come up with new resources, booklets and presentations to bring these new stories to life!
Collect and record your community's oral histories.
We are looking for Cultural Heritage Ambassadors who would like to collect and record oral histories from people in their community.
The collection of community stories and oral histories is an important part of our city's legacy. Heritage Mississauga needs your help! We are looking for people who understand the importance of this role and would like to interview and record elders and significant leaders in their communities.
Heritage Mississauga will work with you to develop our
"Shaping Mississauga" presentation for your community or cultural group.
We are looking for Cultural Heritage Ambassadors who would like to help us create our "Shaping Mississauga" presentation, so that it includes your community story in it.
The Heritage Mississauga Historian has created a presentation called "Shaping Mississauga" about the Biography of Our City. We would love to share this presentation with you, so that you can add part of your immigration story to it and create a personalized presentation for your community, so that it becomes part of Mississauga's timeline.
Funding for this project has been provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.