Throughout the term there will be activities introduced on air and then posted here. The activities are not mandatory but they will go towards receiving a certificate at the end of the term. There will be a variety of activities that are designed to encourage storytelling.

Each week we would like to share a story from the HUM community on air. We hope that if you do participate in the activities that you share them back with us. We will read them privately or on the air, if we have permission to do so. You can share stories by emailing them to us at, phoning or texting us pictures, audio files, poems, or text to 587-709-5472. If technology is not your thing, you can mail us through the post. Send letters to (also, if you need stamped envelopes let us know and we get some to you):

HUM 101 c/o CJSR
Room 0-09 Students’ Union Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2J7

The First Activity is about introducing yourself to us. You can find all the information here:

The Second Activity is about thinking through food and story.

Please share a recipe with us and include a story about why that recipe matters to you, your family, your friends, or your community. You can see two examples under week 4 under the resource tab.

We hope to hear from you soon!

The Third Activity – Photo Embroidery

This project is inspired by the work of Maria Alvarez Malvido. You can see one of here pieces below, it is called Viento. We hope that you might see what stories you might tell within a photo. Directions for this activity can be found here.

The Fourth Activity this activity is about thinking through story and music. We are hoping you could share a song and a bit about the story that song tells. Click here for the activity.

The Fifth Activity challenges us to think about our own lives as subjects of a story. Julie Rak reminded us that we all have a story to tell that is interesting and important. She talked of how when writing ourselves, we give ourselves value and place in the ecosystem of stories. She shares her autobiography activity that she assigns her students. We have added a few prompts and also an example from Julie Rak. Click here for the activity outline.

The Sixth Activity Our final activity for the term is shared with us by Rob Jackson from WRIP. It is to write a blackout poem. He has shared the following directions with us to make our own blackout poems:

Billy-Ray Belcourt’s “Treaty 8” poem is an excellent example of blackout poetry. Here is an excerpt from an Edmonton Journal article, from June 11, 2020, where Billy-Ray Belcourt talks about who he chose to use the blackout poem:

Q: One of the poems in NDN Coping Mechanisms is called Treaty 8, but most of the 10-page text is redacted, exposing only 174 words. Why that decision?

A: My first question was, what would it mean to include the entirety of Treaty 8 in a book of poetry? Does it become poetry itself, or does it reveal the inability of state language to become poetic? A lot of scholarship on the numbered treaties emphasizes the problem of mistranslation. What was said in these negotiations by chiefs and other negotiators, was, of course, altered and modified so that it reflected a particular kind of state craft. The language there is not the language of Indigenous people. So I thought, how do I unearth something different from these texts, that are so fixed in their meaning? The redaction was how I did that.

Billy-Ray Belcourt adds Alberta Literary Award to his collection of accolades with NDN Coping Mechanisms – Liane Faulder, June 11, 2020

We would love for you to share your blackout poems with us. You can send them through email to or by mail at

HUM 101 c/o CJSRRoom 0-09 Students’ Union Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2J7

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