Source: Indigenous Education: The National Centre for Collaboration
Focus: Secondary students
Summary: For this video, a group of youth took photographs to illustrate their connection with the land, their community, and culture. Their photographs were then combined to create this photo essay. The lesson plan and photo essay CityScapeswere used as inspiration for this project in a rural setting.
Urban/Rural Indigenous perspectives of the landscape, while co-opted by their surroundings, reflect Indigenous meaning. Within CityScapes, buildings, hardened by the lights, are laced with images of past family members and Indigenous memory. In Kainai LandScapes,rural scapes shift with rivers, waterfalls, sunrises, and sunsets punctuated by wildlife. These two backgrounds are equally and indelibly intertwined to form parts of the newly emerging Indigenous expression of Canada.
To see the other youth photo essay connected to this project, watch CityScapes Photo Essay.