What is DOHR?
DOHR (Digital Oral Histories for Reconciliation) is a community-based partnership among former residents of the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children, the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children Restorative Inquiry, Victims of Institutional Child Exploitation Society (VOICES), educators, historians, legal experts, and gaming specialists.
What is the goal of this project?
We are developing emerging technology – the Oculus Rift – to produce former residents’ oral histories for use in schools. DOHR represents the desire to open doors to the possibilities of virtual reality for educating young people about historical harms and for building just relations across generational and cultural divides. DOHR will assess how virtual reality may work to engage young people with the personal storytelling of survivors of the NSHCC. Survivors and young people will walk together through the changing historical landscape of the NSHCC and of race relations in that province.
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