Stories from the Land

The Storytelling workshop series is a 6-week program that combines cultural storytelling with audio recording and augmented reality. The program is centered around stories from the land. Participants will learn the technical skills necessary to bring one of their own stories to life. They will be supported in developing their storytelling skills and styles by the cultural advisor.


Dive into the power of sound, listening, and place-based podcasts. This creative workshop is a chance to deepen your storytelling and sound production skills in a supportive virtual group environment. During this workshop, you’ll sonically explore and document your unique environment, learn how to conduct interviews, record your own narration and experiment with sound production (e.g. storyboarding, field recording techniques, and audio editing and mixing software). After listening to inspiring case studies and collecting audio field recordings, you’ll have the chance to create individually-tailored audio projects, informed by the rich natural soundscape around you. No matter your level of audio storytelling experience, this workshop enables you to deepen your creative and technical skills while connecting to a group of other sound-inspired individuals. 

Augmented Reality

Imagine you could see an animated orca appear outside your window and tell the story of the challenges they are facing in their ocean home, or make a character from your favorite story come to life in your living room. The things you imagine are possible using augmented reality–a technology that overlays virtual images and animations on the real world to create immersive games and stories.

In this AR Virtual Workshop, you will learn to use a cool AR app to overlay graphics, videos, audio, even your own art, onto the real world. You’ll get to virtually share your AR experiences with others and see what others created. AR has the power to bring what you imagine to life and to unlock new dimensions of storytelling… What will you create?

Join us this summer, and use your creativity to share one of your stories through sound and augmented reality (AR) experience.

Program Dates: July 2 – August 3, 2020

Darren Lagis


Cultural Advisor

Darren grew up in Kingcome surrounded by culture. He involved himself at a very young age. Having mentors like uncle Frank Nelson, Darryll Dawson, K’odi Nelson William Wasden, Rande Cook, Sandy Willie and Rory Dawson. They made it easy for him to access songs and always took the time of day to help him. Darren wants to emulate that and to carry on in that light. To pay tribute to the ones that have taught him.

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Amy Kamarainen

Augmented Reality Instructor

As a scientist and educator, Amy Kamrainen has been exploring virtual (VR) and augmented reality (AR) since 2010. Recent projects she’s collaborated on include a VR eco hackathon, AR experiences for science field trips, educational video games, and summer camps for youth that blend art, science and technology. She loves contributing to creative projects that are place- and community-based, and that put youth in the driver’s seat as designers. Amy feels fortunate to live and work at Salmon Coast Field Station, located on the unceded territory of the Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw Peoples.

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Jenni Schine

Audio Workshop

Jenni Schine is a sound artist, community-engaged researcher and instructor of anthropology at the University of Victoria.  A big fan of public engagement, Jenni has extended her work into art installations, film, radio and podcasts for various clients, including CBC Ideas. She also likes to facilitate fun interdisciplinary projects and connect artists with scientists. As an educator, she mentors youth about the art of field recording and story production. Jenni is a keen collaborator and is grateful to work and play in the traditional territory of the Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw Peoples.

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Each session is 2:00 – 4:00pm

  • Thursday July 2nd: Intro

The intro session will be our opportunity to test out technology, to introduce ourselves, and to talk about storytelling from an indigenous perspective. We will be inviting indigenous storytellers to come speak with the group about how they approach their storytelling.

  • Monday July 6th: Sound lesson with Jenni
  • Thursday July 9th: AR lesson with Amy
  • Monday July 13th: Sound lesson with Jenni
  • Thursday July 16th: AR lesson with Amy
  • Monday July 20th: Check in on projects
  • Monday July 27th: Check in on projects
  • Monday Aug 3rd: Discuss final projects