‘Visualizing First Nations Communities in Crisis: Photographing Foster Care & Isolation’, First Nations & Inuit Health Telehealth Speaker Series

Posted on Mar 20, 2012

April 26, 2012, 12:30 PST / 1:30 MTN

Part of the First Nations & Inuit Health Telehealth Speaker Series

“Drawing on five years of experience working as a photographer with First Nations communities in British Columbia, this talk and slideshow visualizes some of the issues facing indigenous communities, both urban and rural. In Vancouver we see one young couple’s successful attempt to bring their children out of foster care and reunite their family, navigating one ministerial silo after another, while from the reserves of the In-SHUCK-ch Nation on the Lillooet River the project ‘Split Like A Crutch’ explores the impacts of isolation across themes of health, community, and economic strain.

This presentation also explores the potential and power of collaborative image making and storytelling to influence policy and popular opinion through partnership between media professionals and local governance, describing as it does so the emerging role of ‘activist-journalist’ through an interrogation of bias and ethics. It suggests ways in which image makers and journalists can give back to the communities upon which their careers are built, and solicits recommendations for better outsider-community relations.”

All videoconference sites are welcome. All sites must register through the Telehealth Portal: http://firstnationsth.ca/FNIH/ConferenceReport.aspx?VC=E120426/