A group of Inuit youth in Cambridge Bay (Canada) have been trained and equipped to undertake Participatory Video projects, by InsightShare, as part of the Conversations with the Earth project.
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In April 2009, a group of Inuit youth from a high school in Cambridge Bay (Canada) made a video entitled ‘Growing up in Cambridge Bay’ as part of a Participatory Video project undertaken by InsightShare as part of the Conversations with the Earth (CWE) project.

Since the PV training the young people have been busy creating a new video on recycling. They used video as a tool to show how recycling could make Cambridge Bay healthier and even, create jobs. Their project had wonderful results as they have started a great project on recycling in the town and Cambridge Bay will have its own recycling program!

In July 2009, Erin Freeland (InsightShare) arrived in Cambridge Bay to continue the Participatory Video training at the Qajaq revitalisation project – a youth/elder project to build a traditional sealskin kayak using traditional tools. ‘Building a Qajaq for the future’ is the latest video produced at the Arctic hub. The Participatory Video process helped raise awareness amongst young people of the importance to keep their culture and traditional skills alive. In a sister hub, in Fort Good Hope, youth started to use their interviews with elders as a way to learn Slavey by listening to the language and build up word lists when translating the video.

"I'm pleased I went to COP15 and was one of the first women out of my whole community to make it out so far without a man leading the way. I really look forward to getting started on showing my community my pictures and telling my stories. Especially sharing the visions we made."
Jeanette J Kakafwi, Dene youth from Fort Good Hope

“We caught this seal, but it was very sick inside and we could not eat it. Food is less tasty than when I was growing up.”
Quote from Cambridge Bay elder in ‘Building a Qajaq for the future’

In November 2010 people from the Fort Chip community in the Athabasca region will participate in a sevenday PV taster to encourage more community cohesion and build strength of their campaign to close down the exploitation of tar sands. The training will be facilitated by InsightShare Associate Erin and a local indigenous co-trainer from the Community Action Research Team in Becho’ko in collaboration with the Nunee Health Board of the Athabasca.

Part of Conversations with the Earth

Through the Conversations with the Earth (CWE) partnership, InsightShare works with Indigenous communities to identify, train, and equip local videographers to enable them to record the impacts of, and responses to, climate change at the local level. Creating and sharing these video stories enables Indigenous peoples to contemplate and present their own perspectives on the effects of climate change to inform the global discourse. This has also created an opportunity to share local adaptation strategies and build donor support for community-based adaptation. Indigenous videographers are training people from other communities, helping to create a regional and a global network of Indigenous communities working on these issues. Communities participating in CWE are creating their own media and linking up through the emerging media hub network.

A CWE media hub is currently a space where video and audio equipment is stored and editing can take place, and is usually based in an Indigenous community or village. It becomes a focal point for communications, empowerment and cultural resilience. If possible, it is connected to the web and has electricity or renewable power source available for charging batteries and laptops etc. Local facilitators, who are paid a small stipend, provide support, resources, and equipment and reach out to include new local groups through developing participatory video projects. In some cases an InsightShare trainer is based here and organizes regional and international trainings and mentoring local indigenous trainers. A hub is envisioned as a catalyst for action in local communities but has a global reach as well. In 2010 the hubs will have the opportunity to broaden their media and communications skills further training by CWE partners and allies.


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Building a Qajak to the Future

Inuit elders and youth documented how they worked together on building a traditional sealskin kayak using traditional tools - the first traditional Copper Inuit kayak since 1950s. Beautifully shot and full of laughter and traditonal crafts and cooking this video is a fascinating document of a valuable community project.

Growing Up in Cambridge Bay

'Growing Up in Cambridge Bay' charts the experiences and lives of local youth in Cambridge Bay in the Arctic Circle.  They document traditional fishing, hunting, Arctic sports, local legends on the origin of death and musical traditions such as throat singing.