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“Stories Of The Night Sky” Project For First Nation, Metis And Inuit Youth Aged 16 To 19

by NationTalk on September 17, 2009625 Views

September 17, 2009

A call for First Nation, Métis and Inuit aged 16 to 19 to develop their media skills while preserving the age-old tradition of storytelling. If you are interested in or have experience in storytelling, if you enjoy new media and are willing to learn, then read onDo you maintain a positive relationship with community Elders? Do you have knowledge of the culture and traditions of your community or want to know about these things? Do you work well independently as well as in a team? Do you speak an Aboriginal language (although this is not necessary, it would be a plus!)? If any or all of these things apply to you, then we would love to hear from you. In recognition of the UNESCO International Year of Astronomy 2009, The National Association of Friendship Centres will work toward developing a website to showcase First Nation, Métis and Inuit “Stories of the Night Sky” from across Canada. Fourteen young people will be chosen to participate in this project, one from each province and territory. Status or Non-status First Nation, Métis, or Inuit are all invited to apply. Each participant will have online media training to develop their interviewing and camera skills; we don’t put you out there alone, there will always be someone available to you for guidance.

The perks: you get to keep the camera, there is a small stipend when your part of the project is completed, and your work will be on a web site dedicated to “Aboriginal Stories of the Night Sky” that will play a part in the preservation of Aboriginal languages, traditional knowledge and culture.

Please apply in writing and tell us about yourself, answering the following questions:

• Why does this project interest you?
• Do you have computer skills and access to a computer?
• Where you live?
• What is your first language?
• Do you know other languages and if so, which ones?

Participants will be asked to find stories of the night sky from their particular community. These must be stories that have been well researched and that are from reputable sources. The chosen participants will be required to:

• Sign a contract confirming their commitment
• Provide 3 to 5 stories, myths and/or local legends which can be presented on video as a photo essay, a narrative slide show, or combination of photo essay and narrative slide show;
• Conduct an interview with an online delivery of 3 to 5 minutes with an Elder who they find inspiring.

We will accept applications until 5pm EST, September 30th, 2009. You will be notified only if you are accepted so please give us your address and a contact phone number.

Apply online at:

For more information, please contact Geraldine King, NAFC
Communications Officer gking[at] or 1877-563-4844 ext 328.

Apply by snail mail to: Stories of the Night Sky

National Association of Friendship Centres
Attention: Geraldine King, Communications Officer
275 MacLaren Street
Ottawa, ON
K2P 0L9
Fax: 613-594-3428

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