About the project

The Backroad Diaries project showcases the resilience and ingenuity of rural and Indigenous communities across western Canada. It also highlights the role of co-operatives in supporting these vibrant communities.

Why we’re doing the project

The role of co-operatives in rural and Indigenous communities, and the unique story of every small community in western Canada, is important to us and we feel more people should know about these stories.

Where we’re going

In 2019, we are going to two communities in each of the western provinces — and we hope yours will be one of them.

How we plan on sharing our stories

We have hired two talented storytellers to travel across the western provinces, visit eight communities and capture their co-op and community stories through photos, audio, words and video. These stories will be shared on our social media sites and website.

Why your community and co-op?

Because they’re awesome, of course! Plus, we think your co-operative would be a great fit for this project and showcases a unique way the co-op model can be used. We want to share your amazing story with others. Contact us with your story today!

What will happen if you say “yes!”

  • We call and set up a day and time to come out.
  • We arrange interviews and tours of your community and co-op.
  • We collect images and stories (with permission, of course).
  • We share the visit and stories on social media.
  • We edit a video that you will have an opportunity to view before we distribute.
  • We post the video and stories and promote them.

To participate or learn more about the project, please call 306.382.4410 or email info@cooperativesfirst.com.

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