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Our World

I came upon an interesting site today – Our World. Our World is a National Film Board (NFB) initiative focused on digital storytelling. Through workshops with First Nations youth in British Columbia and the Yukon, youth work to develop web-based stories.

There are several things that I like about this initiative:

  1. It is focused on First Nations youth sharing and celebrating their stories and experiences
  2. It builds capacity (i.e. video development)
  3. It is focused on cultural retention, with a particular emphasis on language retention
  4. It is using digital media to support cultural retention

Videos from 2006 and 2007 are available from the Nuxalk Nation (Bella Coola, British Columbia) and the Tlingit (Teslin, Yukon). All of the videos are so creative and wonderful. I particularly enjoyed The Drum Practice, by Doug Smarch…creative, humorous and well, the drum and singing…need I say more? 

I’d encourage you to take some time to visit the site and watch the videos.


2 Responses

  1. Hi there,

    Just wanted to say thanks for this note! We will have more works up from Hazelton soon. We’re also really excited because some of the filmmakers from Bella Coola as well as some new ones from Sechelt are going to come to Vancouver to do an intensive week of workshops during DOXA (the International Documentary Film Festival here in Vancouver). Their pieces are then going to be screened at the end of the festival.

    Its a pretty grassroots project, so any support is greatly appreciated!

    All the best~

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