Video is one of the best tools youth have to make ourselves heard. Here you’ll find videos that youth have produced on anti-racism issues.
Digital Storytellers Youth Video Training Project (from Youth Action Network)
Click to watch intensive video workshops for Youth of Colour, Aboriginal Youth, Immigrant Youth and all other youth concerned about racism from the 2007 Ruckus! Youth Activism and Anti-Racism Conference in Toronto. The project trained 15 multiethnic and multiracial youth to use digital video as a way to have fun while discussing their issues and experiences dealing with racism, challenge negative stereotypes, and promote greater understanding and awareness among youth.
The Asian Canadian Culture Online Project (ACCOP) is a new online initiative aiming to showcase emerging talents from Asian Canadian youth. ACCOP brings together a special collection of exceptional work fusing together expressions of cross-cultural experiences, perspectives, thoughts, and ideas. Through this initiative, we hope to connect, listen, and share our stories and to instill pride and cultural understanding about our cultural heritage. You’ll find a special anthology of stories written by or about Asian Canadian youth, a unique short video collection by Asian Canadian video artists, selected short essays about the contemporary history/experience of Asian Canadian communities, and a one-stop resource and listing page of relevant Asian Canadian events and websites.
The story of Stolen From Africville outlines the rise and fall of the historic Black community of Africville Nova Scotia. Africville was a peaceful and thriving community whose roots can be traced back to the mid 1700s and the historic Underground Railroad. However, under the guise of “development”, the Nova Scotia government bulldozed the land in 1969. In 2004, the United Nations conducted an assessment of this tragic injustice and recommended reparations for the Africville community. To this day nothing has been done. Stolen from Africville was made by the Toronto-based youth group, Stolen from Africa: http://stolenfromafrica.com/
7th Gen is a safe space for Aboriginal Youth to make art. Through special projects, weekly drop-in programs, and commissioned works, they create opportunities work for youth to gain arts mentorship, and make work ranging from drawing to video to interdisciplinary media. 7th Generation Image Makers is directed by input from youth, and dedicated to nurturing and celebrating strong young Aboriginal Voices.
Red Slam is a 5 member artist collective expressing their creativity through their Okra (story) and their Owena (word) in the spirit of indigenous oral traditions using contemporary poetry performance through the development of creative writing through visualization, music, and multi-media. A variety of themes are expressed in the pieces, but the underlying goal is to: uplift, self-identify and promote unify through Spoken, Lyricism which Arranges Meaning (SLAM). Click to watch their performances.
Regent Park TV is a forum for local youth to voice their experiences, share their stories and explore issues that affect them and their community. The work is delivered in a range of formats including interviews, debates, short dramas, documentaries, news shows, public service announcements and Super8 films. The local stories RPTV features, allows community members to see their own lives reflected. Together youth, and their community audience, co-create meaningful media rather than just act as consumers of mainstream television. This is empowering to both producers and viewers.