Category: Insight

Insight: Special Collections and Archives at Brock

Poster highlighting Brock University's Special Collections

Today, we introduce to you the James A. Gibson Library’s Special Collections and Archives at Brock University. The Gibson Library’s Special Collections and Archives are an important partner to Seedling for Change, and the resources under their care have proven invaluable to us. This entry is very image-heavy and contains a lot of information, but for anyone interested in the Gibson Library’s collections, and/or connections between Latin America and the Niagara Region, this is a treasure trove! We invite you to click below to read more:

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Artist in Residence, January – April 2016: Julia Rose Simone

Among our community engagement programs, we maintain the Seedling for Change Artist in Residence program, which is open to anyone of any age or location wishing to embrace the spirit of Seedling for Change in any artistic form and medium.

Our (very first!) Artist in Residence for January-April 2016 is Julia Rose Simone, who created an alternate map of Canada using the shapes and borders of the countries of Latin America in place of Canada’s provincial borders, inspiring thought about nationality, geography, land usage, visual perception, and global unity. As of September 2016, this map serves as the header image for our website! Julia’s contribution also inspired us to create the Julia Rose Simone Prize (click the link to find out more)!

See Julia’s map below and read more about Julia’s work and process in her own words:

Julia's Map

My name is Julia Simone, I am 11 years old and I am Laura[-Lee Burey]’s daughter. I’ve […] put together a map of Canada using the countries in Latin America. I have also designed a logo for the upcoming website intended for the Latin American and Niagara project.

First of all, I drew the outline of Canada. Secondly, I visualized where the Latin American countries should be placed. Then I bagan drawing the larger countries first then I added the smaller countries around them. The reason I took these steps was because I felt it would be more difficult to fit in the larger countries after the smaller countries were placed. I placed Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Mexico based on the outline of Canada. It looked as though it fit in. All the empty spaces in white represent the areas in Canada that would not be occupied by a country. Since I used my visual sense to place the countries, I did not use an actual scale. I perhaps could have drawn the countries a bit bigger to fill in the area of Canada. This composite was my visual interpretation.

I wish to thank everyone for giving me the opportunity to take part in this project. I found that the map was very challenging as this is not something I am used to producing.

— Julia Rose’s vision for Think Latin America Canada, Think Canada Latin America. (Canada: 9.985 million square km / Latin America: 19.197 million square km)

What do you think of Julia’s work? Are you inspired by what she has created? Would you be interested in being our next Artist in Residence? Send us your feedback!

Insight: Proud to be … ?

We first posted this image on our old website, back before we got our own domain and were still being hosted for free on While the URL on the graphic is no longer accurate, it’s still a great picture with a great message, so we’re sharing it here with you today:

Proud to be Canadian: a t-shirt Made in Mexico

This is a t-shirt that seed researcher Ryan Laxton treasures. It is an example of how each of us can find in our closet a piece of clothing that invites making connections to create value in the spirit of Seedling for Change in History. That was what Ryan discovered after joining the team of seed researchers. We asked Ryan to bring it and sent out John Raimondo on a special mission to invite others to see what Ryan saw. We find Latin America in unexpected places throughout the Niagara Region. All it takes for us all to discover it is a desire to connect and a good sense of humor!

Keep looking. Share your findings with us!

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