Indigenous actor Jenifer Brousseau will read Anne Frank's diary to inspire socially isolated Vancouver youths

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      The host of APTN's Wild Archeology has agreed to join an educational project bridging the past and present and coinciding with the 75th anniversary of Canadian troops liberating the Netherlands.

      Starting on Tuesday (May 5) at 1:30 p.m. at JeniferReads.com, Jenifer Brousseau will read Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl in daily video installments.

      It's intended to help local youths come to terms with their own social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      “I want to inspire youth by reading books and sharing while all of us are isolated and face this unusual time and are cut off from our regular social lives,” Brousseau said in a news release announcing this initiative. “Our imagination can take us on incredible adventures, and so many stories bring us hope and inspiration. Especially when we learn of the heroes among us—just like us.”

      Anne Frank kept a diary while her family hid from the Nazis in an Amsterdam home in the Second World War from 1942 to 1944.

      There have been various theories over the years as to who in Amsterdam betrayed the family, leading to their arrest and Frank's death in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945.

      Her father, Otto Frank, was the only family member who survived the war.

      "The writings of Anne Frank portray the worst aspects of the war, and provide a powerful example of the importance of young people telling their stories and imagining the world they want to live in,” stated Brousseau.

      Jenifer Brousseau will begin reading Anne Frank's diary on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands.
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      Brousseau is Ojibway and French from the Serpent River First Nation, and she studied acting in Vancouver.

      The Consulate of the Netherlands is giving Frank's diary to 100 young people in East Vancouver. They'll have an opportunity to share their experiences in the online series with Brousseau and her guests.

      Students learning at home and public school teachers are also welcome to participate in the project, which is managed by Vancouver arts administrator Irwin Oostindie.

      The event is a collaboration of Imagi'Nation Collective and Vancouver Moving Theatre Company, with the support of the Consulate of the Netherlands.

      Presenting partners are the Vancouver Public Library, Montreal Holocaust Museum, Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal, Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, Josef Wosk, and artist Bracken Hanuse-Corlett.

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