Jenifer Reads: Anne Frank’s “The Diary of a Young Girl”
A Virtual residency with Imagi’Nation Collective
October 30 - November 8
Free, donations appreciated

Jenifer Reads is a new program featuring APTN TV personality Jenifer Brousseau (Wild Archeology) and special guests reading heroic coming-of-age stories, with the participation of youth exploring related themes. For the program launch at this year’s Heart of the City Festival, Jenifer has invited youth to join her in reading Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl, a literary classic translated into sixty languages and read by millions. In the weeks leading up to the festival dates, urban and rural youth participated with their own stories and readings as they engaged with Anne Frank’s story.  

During the virtual residency, the public is invited to attend through online events, including broadcast readings and panel discussions.  

Online resources and special guests (like Vancouver resident and Holocaust survivor Dr. Robert Krell) offer tools for processing and surviving together in this rapidly changing world, as youth and adults reflect on events of seventy five years ago while building communities for our world of today.

For complete details and to pre-register for special events go to  

Youth looking to participate: email / @Jenifer.Reads on Instagram / 

@JeniferReads on Facebook/Twitter

An Imagi’Nation Collective production in partnership with Vancouver Moving Theatre, with support from the SFU Institute for the Humanities, Consul General of the Netherlands in Canada, Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal, Josef Wosk and educational partners Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre and Montreal Holocaust Museum. 


Jenifer Reads: Anne Frank’s “The Diary of a Young Girl”
October 30 - November 8, daily post at 12noon
Free, donations appreciated
Regular video broadcasts of The Diary of a Young Girl read by diverse Canadian youth and Jenifer Brousseau posted on Catch the videos each day or binge watch them, as we make this important book accessible to public school students, homeschoolers, and literature fans.   


Jenifer Reads Kick-Off Event
October 30, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Online, Registration Required

Jenifer Reads launches with a conversation facilitated by Jenifer Brousseau about the importance of Anne Frank’s legacy in these times, and what it means to read Anne Frank through an Indigenous lens. Jenifer will lay out the Jenifer Reads virtual residency plans and highlight ways to participate. Join the discussion! For full details on the Jenifer Reads project go to: Register


November 3, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Online, Registration Required  Free

A special panel discussion hosted by Dutch Vancouver theatre artist Thule van den Dam, with Jenifer Brousseau, and a representative from Amsterdam’s Anne Frank Huis, who are engaged with bringing Anne Frank’s story, and that of the Holocaust more broadly, to diverse people across the world. Co-presented by the SFU Institute for the Humanities.

For full details on the Jenifer Reads project go to: Register


Jenifer Reads: Re-Thinking Narratives Of War & Memory
Friday November 6, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Online, Registration Required  Free

Jenifer Brousseau, Irwin Oostindie, and Thule van den Dam are joined by Samir Gandesha (Director, SFU Institute for the Humanities) for an online discussion to consider the way stories have been told and re-told about World War II. Who gets to tell these stories?  Who is included? Who is erased? Can we forget by remembering? For full details on the Jenifer Reads project go to: Register


Jenifer Reads: 75 Years Later - The Sounds Of Freedom
November 7, 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Online, Registration Required
Free, donations appreciated

Join Irwin Oostindie and Thule van den Dam for a watch party for a special televised event on Global BC with a performance from the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra commemorating the 75th anniversary of Canada liberating the Netherlands. We also present highlights of the Van
Kijkduinstraat Project
(by Irwin Oostindie and Inessa Baustad Oostindie): a Downtown Eastside youth retraces her grandfather’s footsteps as he leaves Amsterdam 75 years ago to survive underground. Special guests and discussion. For full details on the Jenifer Reads project go to: Register