Two Polish immigrants, Peter Sobierajski and Ela Kinowska are the team behind the Red Couch Tour.
Canadians are invited to sit on the couch and, with cameras rolling, say what Canada means to them.
Their stories will be captured as short video clips and shared on social media.
Upon completion of the project, the team hopes to make a film about the tour.
“Sofas are part of our lifestyles. It represents everybody’s story,” Kinowska says. “We’re taking a symbol of gathering, joy and love out of Canadians’ living rooms and bringing it to people from all walks of life to sit together and talk about our beautiful country.”
The couch has already visited the North.
This summer, the couch will embark on an east-to-west tour by train, RV, and ferry from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Victoria, British Columbia.
The video clips I've watched reflect the pride Canadians feel about this nation; how it's a land of opportunity, freedom and diversity.
The stories so far are mostly upbeat. One man described how he's the only person who has ever skied under a moose! But the story that moved me the most was related by an older, indigenous man.
Note: The image below is a screen capture so the "play" button doesn't work.
Here's what he said...
Canada in 150 years, to me? It's not a very good story.
When I was a young man, my country had a lot of wild animals, birds, insects, fish. A lot of wildlife. Today, my country is very quiet.
Canada in 150 years has killed my country, my people, my tradition and my land. I have nothing to celebrate. It took them 150 years to destroy what was here for thousands and thousands and thousands of years. That's my opinion.
His story is a reminder that even though this is an extraordinary country that welcomes people from all over the world, we have treated our own indigenous people with disrespect. (In future, I'll discuss the tragedy and shame that is our relation with Canada's indigenous people.)
But over to you now. What item (it doesn't have to be a piece of furniture) would you like to see touring your country?