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Everyday stories about everyday lives in rural Ontario

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We Are 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.

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 in forms of text, audio, video, and/or photography.

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

Join the conversation on ROIConnect

Connect with us on our new interactive networking platform in partnership with the Rural Ontario Institute

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Would you like to dive deeper into themes in PARO’s stories and connect with others who share your rural passions?


You can join the conversation on PARO’s ROI Connect project page The Rural Ontario Institute (ROI) is a charitable not-for-profit established in 2010 to develop strong leaders with critical voices to address opportunities and key issues facing rural and northern Ontario.


ROI Connect is an online gathering place that offers you a place to come together to share ideas and information, talk about issues that are important to you, and to mobilize conversations and change across rural Ontario communities. PARO has a community project page, a virtual ‘meeting place’ on ROI Connect where you can interact with each other, connect with others interested in similar topics, share ideas and practice tips, and strategize to turn stories into action.

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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!

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

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