Everyone Working Together: Pathways to Respect and Understanding with Indigenous Youth

by NationTalk on February 12, 20081010 Views

Date: February 14, 2008
Duration: Various sessions
Where: BL 1001
Price: Free of charge – everyone is welcome

For more Information Contact:
Melissa Hardy


Indigenous youth are committing suicide in staggering numbers in our community, nationally, and internationally. Two films will encourage dialogue among presenters, a youth panel, and attendees to explore causes of suicide, as well as intervention and prevention. This event also presents attendees the opportunity to meet with local community organizations which support indigenous youth.SESSION #1
12:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Seeking Bimaadiziiwin, directed by Kelly Saxberg and Dave Clement

Seeking Bimaadiziiwin or “Seeking the Good Life” deals with the tough issues of depression, suicide, and racism. It illustrates the diversity within modern Anishinawbe culture and points out that different healing and spiritual approaches need to be used with different youth. This film will be followed by dialogue with Michelle Derosier, the youth panel, and attendees.


3:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Three Nations, One Story, directed by Jode Kechego

This documentary takes a raw and real look at the hardships in people’s lives – from family violence, to suicide, or drug addiction. It shows how seven Native boys make a positive difference in their community. Native identity is a life lesson, but we have to be open to learning if we are going to learn that lesson. This film will be followed by dialogue with Filmmaker Jode Kechego, the youth panel, and attendees.

This event is coordinated by Judy Iseke-Barnes, Laura Buker, Michelle Derosier, Sonja Grover, and Jessica Whitley. Special thanks are extended to Aboriginal Foundations and Cultural Discipline Group, and the Department of Aboriginal Education for supporting this event.

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