Remembrance and Journalism: Interviewing Survivors of Trauma

Thanks to our speakers and to everyone who attended our Nov. 20 Toronto event.

#CAJevent Nov. 20 at Oakham House on Ryerson campus

As Canadians commemorate Remembrance Day and Holocaust Education Week in November, the role of journalists is often overlooked — despite their vital role in sharing stories of the people who lived through these traumatic milestones of history.

From Canadian war veterans to Holocaust survivors, from the fallout of Canada’s residential school system to the victims of sexual assaults, journalists document the suffering and the survival of these witnesses.

Join The Canadian Association of Journalists and Ryerson University Journalism Course Union along with a distinguished panel for a discussion on interviewing survivors: best practices and ethical considerations of journalism and remembrance.



  • Ted Barris, author of Victory at Vimy, Deadlock in Korea, and Breaking the Silence. Centennial College Journalism professor.
  • Carol Ann Davidson, broadcast journalist, interviewer with the Azrieli Foundation.
  • Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Anishnaabe writer, founder and managing editor of Kegedonce Press. Contributor to Speaking My Truth.
  • Andrea Litvack, Director, Master of Social Work program at University of Toronto, professor of interviewing at Munk School of Global Affairs.


  • Esther Enkin, executive editor of CBC News and vice president of the Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma.

Tuesday Nov. 20, 2012
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
Oakham House
2nd Floor Oakham Lounge
Ryerson University
63 Gould Street
Toronto, Ontario



  • Students: FREE when pre-ordering
  • CAJ members: $5  when pre-ordering (CAJ memberships available here)
  • General admission: $15 (at the door) or $10 for pre-ordered tickets.

Register here to reserve a seat, including students with free admission.

Refreshments will be served from 8 to 9 p.m.

For further information please contact:

Ellin Bessner,
National Director, CAJ, Toronto Chapter
416 289-5000 ext 8826

Avital Borisovsky,
Ryerson Journalism Course Union president

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