Examples of Media, Film and Participatory Culture
Exploring post-secondary transitions and resilience through cross-cultural arts and research experiences for Indigenous youth resilience.
Youth Sexual Health
Working as a member of a community advisory group to support a group of highly-talented young Inuit from the Arviat Film Society, researchers, public health nurses, artists and educators to develop and deliver youth-driven sexual health interventions using art, film and television. This project was supported by the University of Toronto, Government of Nunavut, Public Health Agency of Canada and the Arviat Film Society.
Social Sciences Research
Research into housing design, community planning, social and recreational services and understanding the problems Inuit might have getting to work or school, keeping a routine and doing the things that give the most happiness and help Inuit to ‘feel at home’. Funded by the University of British Columbia Department of Psychology and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Youth Media Team
The Arviat Greenhouse Project explored food insecurity and various ways to improve access to healthy foods in the community. Activities included formation of a youth media team, which used film, web development and storytelling to inform and engage the community. An experimental greenhouse was constructed, youth learned to build portable grow boxes and experimented with composting techniques.
Digital media skills development
The vision of Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) was to empower young people to harness creativity and digital skills to create change in their lives and their communities. Through a network of dedicated educators, Adobe has inspired young people to be intentional and impactful in their media making, to create with purpose. As Arviat’s site coordinator I mentored Inuit youth in digital skills development and media production.
Channel 19 in Arviat
Youth with the Arviat Film Society partnered with Isuma TV’s Digital Indigenous Democracy Project to establish an Indigenous youth-driven community television station. Officially launched in November 2013, Arviat TV broadcasts educational and cultural content to the entire community and beyond.
Youth Film and Media Training Collective
Since 2010 I have been one of the co-founders of the Arviat Film Society. It is a non-profit, youth-driven film and arts education collective that provides training in film, participatory culture and performing arts to help youth stay in school, gain hands-on experience and early career exposure to careers in media.
Youth Participatory Action Research
From 2010-2012, the Nanisiniq Arviat History Project was a multiple-media, youth participatory action research project which brought together Inuit youth and Elders to re-discover Inuit history. A SSHRC-funded initiative with the University of British Columbia’s School of Social Work. Nanisiniq inspired the Nanivara project with Gjoa Haven and Naujaat.