BRANDON, MB. — “Success Through Our Eyes: A Photovoice Project” opens at the Gathering Space in the John E. Robbins Library at Brandon University (BU) on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. The exhibit accompanies the launch of the Success Through Our Eyes booklet in which First Nations, Métis and Inuit youth from across Manitoba tell their stories of educational success and leadership.
Photovoice is a community-based participatory research process in which participants use photography to document community issues about which they feel strongly. “The photos in this display are an important message from Indigenous youth and showcase how Indigenous culture and education have helped these Indigenous youth leaders succeed,” said Karen Rempel, Director of the Brandon University Centre for Aboriginal and Rural Education Studies (BU CARES).
The photographers are Youth Community Circle members engaged in the youth leadership VOICE Research Project. Many are Junior Chiefs, graduate students and youth representatives from the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, Northern Chiefs’ Organizations and Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak. Julia Stoneman Sinclair, a member of the Youth Community Circle, expressed pride in their achievement, noting, “These are photographs and stories that show the educational and leadership potential of Indigenous youth.”
Kathy Moscou, a research affiliate with BU CARES and the exhibit’s curator, added, “the photographs and narratives in the Success Through Our Eyes project tell a powerful story about Indigenous youth perspectives of leadership and success in their own voices.”
“The Success Through Our Eyes booklet uses biography, art and storytelling to communicate Indigenous youth perspectives to the broader community, government and policy makers, and is a creative and compelling way to give voice to young indigenous leaders” said Heather Duncan, Dean, Faculty of Education and Associate Vice-President (Research). The photovoice research project will inform a broader understanding of indicators of Indigenous youth success and leadership.
Visitors are invited to explore the exhibit and take a complimentary copy of the booklet.
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