Aboriginal Initiatives

BluePrintForLife is considered one of the worlds leading companies using HipHop as both a community development tool and as a model for alternative education and healing.

 The Circles of Understanding project brought together First Nations youth and elders in Vancouver to create a brochure, banners, a website and teaching resources around the impact of Indian residential schools. These materials are also used for public education and in workshops within the VPD for their cadet training. The stories of survivors of Indian Residential Schools are not easily shared.  However, we know that an essential aspect of the healing process is for long-held secrets to be revealed.  

Margo Kane (Cree/Saulteaux) of British Columbia has been recognized as a multi-talented artist for more than 40 years. In 1992 she formed Full Circle: First Nations Performance to create opportunities for Aboriginal artists, writers and performers. In 2001 this developed into the annual Talking Stick Festival which showcases First Nations' talent and provides a forum for Aboriginal artists.

Red Threads of Peace is a playback theatre project in Winnipeg, MB that uses improvisational theater forms to tell personal stories from the audience to build social support and increase personal well-being.  The project works with First Nation youth, newcomers, marginalized populations and seniors.   Red Threads is supported by the Gas Station Arts Centre and other generous community partners.  Their diverse community of actors, musicians and facilitators are available for workshop facilitation and community performances. 

The Taking Action! Project: Art and Aboriginal Youth Leadership for HIV Prevention is a national project working with Aboriginal youth and communities across Canada. Lead by Indigenous youth, the project seeks to understand HIV in relation to Indigenous communities and cultures and also to see if using art (Taking Action Part 1) and digital storytelling (Taking Action Part 2) is an effective tool for working with youth to talk about HIV/AIDS and mobilize action.

Source: http://www.takingaction4youth.org

Contact: info@takingaction4youth.org


Originating in 2007, young aboriginal professionals of the Tagish Tlingit First Nations formulated a small dance/ theatre group driven by the desire to provide a space to learn and understand their customs, practices and history while working to raise the public’s awareness of the rich First Nation culture that continues to exist within the Yukon.