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First Nation students exhibit their photographic creations

First Nations

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A group of First Nations students have had the opportunity to participate in a unique project known as Photovoice.

The project enabled them to record not only their community's strengths and concerns through photography and words, but their own personal perspectives and experiences on issues within their communities.

On display at the Legacy Gallery in the  Artists' Co-op on 10th Street East in Owen Sound, the exhibit features works by students from Saugeen First Nation and Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation.

The youth took part in regular meetings over the course of the 2010-11 school year and during summer vacation.  Each student was provided with a digital camera on the proviso that they would take pictures depicting their every-day lives and then communicate their personal meanings in words.

They were given six areas in order to provide a guide: physical activity, sport and recreation, injury prevention, healthy eating, tobacco use/exposure, substance and alcohol misuse and mental health promotion.  Although a guide, the students were encouraged to photograph anything they felt was important to them and to consider the messages they wanted their photos to express.

Owen Sound Mayor Deb Haswell congratulates artist Kaylyn Kewageshig

Mayor Deb Haswell and Brittney John discuss her photography

The youth in the project made presentations to their Chiefs and Councils at Saugeen First Nations and Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation.  The collection of photographs and stories is also going to be displayed at various exhibit locations throughout Grey and Bruce Counties.

 

Kaylyn Kewageshig had several entries in the exhibit

Kaylyn Kewageshig, also a Saugeen First Nation dancer, says that dancing is physical, mental and spiritual.  "You have to have physical abilities to be able to move fast and spiritually it's part of my cultural," says Kewageshig.  "It [dance] clears my mind.  Mental health and physical activity cannot be separated."

For more information visit: www.photovoice.ca


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