VPL Aboriginal Storyteller in Residence Program 2018

VPL Aboriginal Storyteller in Residence Program 2018

Deadline: November 13, 2017

The Vancouver Public Library is seeking an Aboriginal Storyteller in Residence in order to highlight the importance of storytelling as a way of sharing culture and building memory. The Storyteller plays a unique and valuable role at the Library, using storytelling as a way to highlight Aboriginal cultures, traditions and knowledge, and help Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Vancouver residents learn about and from Aboriginal communities.

The Aboriginal Storyteller in Residence will develop and lead exciting public events that promote intercultural understanding and story sharing between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples. They will support and provide advice to community members and aspiring storytellers through one-to-one consultations and group workshops. This full-time position (35 hours/week) requires 50 percent of the Storyteller’s time be spent on library programs or projects, leaving 50 percent of the residency time available for working on their storytelling projects.

The Storyteller in Residence will have four main responsibilities:

  • Spend time developing their own story material;
  • Lead storytelling events and other relevant programs to share their story material with the general public at the Central Library, branch libraries, and other community locations;
  • Develop a unique and culturally relevant personal project that can be shared with the Vancouver community through VPL. This may be shared by way of a performance, the library collection or a visual exhibit;
  • Support and assist new storytellers through personal meetings and group workshops.


  • Up to $17,000 for four months full-time activity ($4,250 per month on a self-employed basis).


The Library would like to hear from you if you are:

  • An experienced Aboriginal storyteller and/or performer – in any medium, including music, digital media, writing, theatre, etc. – ideally living in or with strong community connections in the Lower Mainland;
  • Enthusiastic about developing, presenting, and sharing your knowledge and culture through events at Vancouver Public Library and in the community;
  • Committed to participating in Vancouver Public Library and City of Vancouver events;
  • Available on a full-time basis in Vancouver, from March 7 through June 26, 2018.

In addition to your storytelling and public speaking experience you must also be able to:

  • Work independently and as part of a team with library staff.
  • Comfortably interact with members of Vancouver’s diverse public, including youth and elders.
  • Participate in media opportunities to promote the residency, the library and storytelling.
  • Prepare for and meet deadlines.


Applicants are required to send:

  • A resume outlining relevant qualifications and experience;
  • A cover letter which expands on your experience;
  • A brief description of the storytelling project you intend to pursue – please explain how a residency at the Vancouver Public Library and access to its resources will benefit your project;
  • A brief outline of the public events you will offer during your residency, including your plans for engaging community members and aspiring storytellers;
  • Please explain how you envision your Residency will make a lasting contribution to the Vancouver Public Library and to our diverse community at large;
  • Contact information for three references.

Expressions of interest may be emailed in PDF format to [email protected] or mailed to:

Attention: Aboriginal Storyteller in Residence Search Committee
Programming & Learning Department
Vancouver Public Library
350 West Georgia Street
Vancouver BC V6B 6B1

Completed applications must be received by 5 p.m. (PST) on Monday, November 13, 2017.

For more information, visit VPL Aboriginal Storyteller in Residence Program.