Behind the lens of a camera, immigrants in Prince George are sharing their stories through the power of photos.
Since July of this year, newcomers to our city have been learning how to use cameras and take pictures as a way of embracing everyone’s diversity. The Immigrant & Multiculturalism Services Society of Prince George (IMSS) unveiled the photos Friday morning through a photo voice project called ‘Our Voices, Our Stories.’
The project was made possible by a small government grant from the Province. Project Coordinator with IMSS, Rosemary Raygada Watanabe says the photos help the community understand its cultural differences. “The photos are very, very powerful and also it’s used in many communication tools to empower people,” she said.
For some, a photo can even help break those language barriers. Aziza Wali moved to Canada from Afghanistan 18 years ago, but just arrived in Prince George a couple of months ago with her three sons. “I improve my English and reading, writing, and speaking, it’s good and today when they talk I learned many languages and multi-culture,” Wali said. “When I come to Prince George, it’s a good city, the people are very friendly and nice, I like Prince George.”
Together, the community shared its photo experiences and then wrote on paper leaves, placing hopeful messages onto a tree. Watanabe said it’s to symbolize togetherness. “We are leaves from one tree so we need to fit in this tree and then this community is going to be prosperous and living in peace and harmony.”