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BALIKBAYAN Caregiver Gathering Series

February 25 - April 15

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A workshop and gathering series for migrant care workers from the GTHA with the Kwentong Bayan Collective, at the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre.

Presented in conjunction with our winter exhibition BALIKBAYAN by the Kwentong Bayan Collective, this series of gatherings will bring together workers from Hamilton and Toronto for a healing soup circle, to create storytelling wearables, and plant native seeds. At each gathering, folks can create their own pasalubong (gifts) to take home and share with others.

This series will provide space for care workers in the region to socialize and engage in creative arts that draw out stories of work, care and migration.

Refreshments will be provided for each gathering. Public transportation from Toronto will be guided by a host from a central TTC Station.


Sunday, February 25th, 1-4 pm     Healing Soup Circle

with the Kwentong Bayan Collective and artist Karen Ancheta

We will learn how to make a traditional Filipino healing soup and share a community meal. Guest facilitator Karen Ancheta will share stories about the traditional ingredients used to make Chicken Tinola soup. Vegetarian options provided.

We will honour the labour of migrant agricultural workers and local farmers who help us access fresh and healthy food.  REGISTER HERE


Sunday, March 18th, 1-4 pm     Community Storytelling

with the Kwentong Bayan Collective and CCESSO

Guest facilitators from Caregiver Connections, Support & Education Organization (CCESO) will teach us about the history of Overseas Filipino Workers. We will honour the unique and enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and the land.

We will create a collective map that explores our migration stories, and design buttons that reflect on these stories.  REGISTER HERE


Sunday, April 15th, 1-4 pm     Planting Native Seeds

with the Kwentong Bayan Collective

We will make plantable paper embedded with native wildflower seeds, text and drawings. Participants are invited to write messages to the land and plant in WAHC’s community garden.

We will learn about native seeds, our relationship with plants not from this land, how to make intentional offerings, and about the work of Land and Water Protectors.  REGISTER HERE


For more information, contact Tara Bursey, Program Coordinator at (905) 522-3003 ex. 29 or tara@wahc-museum.ca.

The BALIKBAYAN Caregiver Gathering Series is made possible through the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

51 Stuart Street, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8L 1B5       905.522.3003       Public Hours: Wed to SAT > 10am—4pm