“In My Own Eyes is a partnership between the Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs and Planet IndigenUs of Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

This project – “In My Own Eyes” – gives Aboriginal youth (in Grades 6 to 8 ) a chance to share their stories with people across the province. They also learn the role photography can have in storytelling and social change.

Aboriginal youth, both on-reserve and urban, are mentored in their communities by professional Aboriginal photographers.

Over the course of three days, the mentors teach youth basic photographic history, theory, techniques and equipment.

The participants learn that photography can be a new and slower way of seeing.

They also learn how to use the mediums of colour, shape, pattern and texture to create a narrative. The youth use digital cameras in the local environment to try this new way of seeing and to tell their stories.”

Other highlights of the “In My Own Eyes” project are as follows:

  • The communities that participated in this project include:
    • M’Chigeeng First Nation,
    • Ojibways of Onigaming,
    • Moose Cree First Nation,
    • Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation
    • Urban Aboriginal youth in the cities of Fort Frances, Toronto and North Bay
  • 43 percent of Aboriginal people – First Nation, Inuit and Métis – in Ontario are less than 25 years old.
  • Planet IndigenUs is a major international cultural initiative of Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre in partnership with the Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford.

Today is National Aboriginal Day!

To celebrate National Aboriginal Day, “In My Own Eyes” – an exhibit of photos and stories by Aboriginal youth – is launched today as two events in tandem:

  • at the CN Tower, Skyquest Theatre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at 10 a.m. for the media and
  • as an online gallery wherein more than 50 Aboriginal youth are showcasing their images and stories

Please click here to go to inmyowneyes.ca to view the online gallery.

Whether you are First Nation, Métis, Inuit or non-Aboriginal, please click here for many ways to make contact.

Happy National Aboriginal Day!

"In My Own Eyes" Gallery: Photostories of Aboriginal Youth

"In My Own Eyes" Gallery: Photostories of Aboriginal Youth

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CELEBRATE CANADA!: National Aboriginal Day, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, Canadian Multiculturalism Day and Canada Day

CELEBRATE CANADA!: National Aboriginal Day, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, Canadian Multiculturalism Day and Canada Day

Celebrate Canada is an eleven-day celebration which takes place from June 21 to July 1.

“We are justly proud of the nation we have built together over the last 143 years. Since the earliest days of our nation’s history, Canada has been a land of promise. We have built a society that celebrates achievement and excellence while, at the same time, maintaining a strong respect for human rights. Our participation in Celebrate Canada activities brings us together, strengthens our communities and helps us to understand the significance of the citizenship we all share.”

June 21st kick starts the following 11 days of Celebrate Canada which includes National Aboriginal Day (June 21), Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (June 24), Canadian Multiculturalism Day (June 27) and concludes with Canada Day (July 1)!

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