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Everyday stories about everyday lives in rural Ontario

A Rural Repository

Rural Ontario is not just one thing – one experience, one type of land, one form of community. A farming community within striking distance of Toronto and a First Nations community in Northern Ontario will have very different stories to tell about their experiences of rural life. The People’s Archive of Rural Ontario (PARO) is a living archive of rural Ontario – a widely accessible, ever-growing, online, multimedia repository. 

Amplifying Rural Voices

PARO aims to mobilize and amplify rural voices and stories and to contribute to the revitalization of rural Ontario. It was developed to organize, preserve, and make freely accessible the records and voices of rural Ontarians. 

PARO is currently engaged in collecting stories, highlighting personal and community narratives of rural resilience from a broad range of sources to be produced for the archive as text, audio, video, and/or photography.

PARO welcomes submissions from all persons, particularly those who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and from persons of all sexual identities and gender identities.

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Have a story to tell? Submit it here!

PARO welcomes stories from all people and all parts of rural Ontario. If you identify yourself, your community or your interests as ‘rural’, then your story has a place in PARO. Fill out the form below with your idea, and we’ll get back to you with more information! Or, send us your idea to the email below!

Thanks for submitting! We look forward to learning more about your story!

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