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Changing The Narrative
Changing The Narrative

Sat, Mar 23


Canadian Red Cross

Changing The Narrative

Empowering Voices Through Resillence

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Time & Location

Mar 23, 2024, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Canadian Red Cross , 850 Pembina Hwy, Winnipeg, MB R3M 2M8, Canada

About the Event

Muslim youth will learn to understand Islamophobia and its impact on mental health and well-being, as well as strategies to identify and challenge harmful narratives targeting their community. They will develop resilience to combat anti-Muslim racism and be equipped to actively contribute as agents of positive change, promoting understanding and inclusivity in society.

About The Trainer:

  • Amna Burki has been in Winnipeg, Canada since the year 2000. She was born and raised in Pakistan, coming from a family who migrated as refugees from India. Further education took her to UK. With a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management, a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics in Gender and Development Studies, and 20+ years of work and volunteer experience, Amna has used her facilitation and mentoring skills in capacity-building with newcomers, families, and service providers.

Stories matter to Amna. She is a storyteller who amplifies and empowers the voices of those who lack representation, acceptance, and appreciation. Having designed storytelling workshops including: Tapping into Resiliency Through Storytelling (TRTS) and Gentle Heroes for service providers, her approach encourages participants to shift and thrive. She’s been a panelist, a speaker, a facilitator and has performed stories locally and across the globe. Her storytelling focuses on the power of cross-cultural stories to bring people together and addresses important issues impacting today’s world.

Select trainings and certifications received by Amna

  • Teaching English Through Drama SHELTA (60 hours, 2023)
  • Certificate in Community Storytelling The Hearth (6 Months 2022)
  • Sharing Our Stories: Personal and Creative Storytelling and Drama Activities for Teachers Engaging (24hours, 2022)
  • Creative and Engaging Storytelling and Beyond (48 hours, 2021)
  • Parent Child Mother Goose Training 2021 (12 hours)
  • RIRO (Reaching In Reaching Out) Resiliency Training 2019 5 Days training


What others have said about Amna:

“Amna is an incredibly talented facilitator, program developer, and community connector. At the Manitoba Museum,

"Amna’s ability to form connection is one of her greatest strengths. I had the privilege of working alongside Amna, and every step of the way our relationship was prioritized. Amna’s commitment to your relationship, creates the space to learn and grow, in addition to a formidable location to lean into when things feel uncertain. It is within this relationship where I began learning about how to critically reflect and engage with my creative side. If it weren’t for her, I would have never found these aspects of myself. Amna has made me more attentive to the texture, growth, and diversity we acquire through connection, highlighting how our interdependencies are one of the most valuable aspects of life itself.” Katherine P. - Social worker and collaborator on CommuniTea

her programming brought together communities for important dialogue, storytelling, and sharing memories. She is

warm and welcoming, creating spaces for inclusive and open conversations, while encouraging participants to share

in new experiences. She is brilliant - I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with Amna.” Rachel Erickson-

Director of Learning and Engagement-Manitoba Museum

“I am delighted to wholeheartedly recommend Amna Burki as an exceptional workshop facilitator for your organization.

I had the opportunity to take several workshops with her as well as requesting her to develop a specific workshop for the

organization I work for. All my experiences participating in her sessions were outstanding!

With an extensive background oral storytelling, Amna possesses a profound understanding of the challenges and

opportunities that this kind of sessions can bring to organizations that help people thrive.

What truly sets Amna apart is their adeptness at cultivating connection and interaction through the power of

storytelling. She understands that stories have an innate ability to forge meaningful connections by touching hearts,

helping to heal, and sparking empathy. Amna's workshops go beyond mere information-sharing; to create a space where

participants engage with each other's stories and learn together fostering a sense of community and shared purpose.

The art of oral storytelling, as woven into Amna's workshops, becomes a formidable tool for people to interact, learn and

connect with their own roots and heritages. By harnessing the power of narrative, participants learn to transcend facts

and figures, reaching people on an emotional level that resonates deeply. This newfound ability enhances your

organization's ability to not only convey information but also inspire action and support.

Amna possesses a remarkable ability to blend connection, interaction, and the power of oral storytelling into their

workshops. Your organization stands to gain invaluable skills under her guidance.” Valeria – Postnatal Program



- It is free event but registration is required 

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