Social Change and Community

Development Through the Media Arts

ACCESS TO MEDIA EDUCATION SOCIETY

Engaging youth in creative reflection about issues affecting their lives.

Acknowledging Our Shared Territory


 

AMES is a bi-regional organization.

AMES was born in 1996, on the asserted, unceded, and shared traditional territory of the Penelakut peoples, as well as 12 other Hul’qumi’num speaking nations, and others who hold rights and responsibilities in and around what has come to be known as Galiano Island.

This is also the overlapping and ceded territory of the Tsawwassen First Nation.

Much of the work that AMES does also takes place on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations.

Our Programs


 

DisPLACEment

DisPLACEment centres the stories, creative visions, and perspectives of indigenous and newcomer youth, models peer-education and helps build motivation for change by delving into timely and critical equity issues.

Climate Matters

Climate Matters is a multi-phased initiative that uses digital media and geomapping to spark dialogue about climate justice within schools, communities and larger public institutions.

#HerDigitalVisions

#HerDigitalVisions is a digital education and media production initiative. In each phase, the program integrates technology and art to support active, youth-centered approaches to building a better digital world.

Digital Forage

Digital Forage is a wild-food focused intergenerational digital storytelling program that involves reciprocal knowledge-sharing between Galiano and Penelakut artists, elders, and youth.

#GirlsMakeGames

Our #GirlsMakeGames pilot saw 8 self-identified women gathering to learn the ABC’s of game-making, while envisioning ways to make gaming culture more inclusive, progressive and female-centred.

HumanEYES

HumanEYES is an intergenerational arts initiative that helps students creatively reflect on the diverse life experiences of their classmates, and build more creatively engaged, connected, and inclusive school communities.

Climate Matters

Climate Matters is a multi-phased initiative that uses digital media and geomapping to spark dialogue about climate justice within schools, communities and larger public institutions.

#HerDigitalVisions

#HerDigitalVisions is a digital education and media production initiative. In each phase, the program integrates technology and art to support active, youth-centered approaches to building a better digital world.

Digital Forage

Digital Forage is a wild-food focused intergenerational digital storytelling program that involves the reciprocal sharing of knowledge between Galiano and Penelakut artists, elders, and youth. The elders share their specialized and ‘seasoned’ knowledge of food foraging, the artists share their knowledge of photography, digital storytelling and new media production, and finally the youth go ‘full circle’, and share their own emerging knowledge of new and social media with their elders.

HumanEYES

HumanEYES is an arts-based intergenerational storytelling program that highlights the diverse life experiences and migration stories in Vancouver classrooms, schools and communities. HumanEYES ultimately encourages us to see and more deeply appreciate each others humanity.

#GirlsMakeGames

A chapter of AMES’ #HerDigitalVisions program, #GirlsMakeGames is a FREE 4-day game-making boot-camp being offered to 8 self-identified women (cis, trans + genderqueer) between the ages of 19 and 29.

Latest News


 

Acknowledging Our Shared Territory

“Acknowledging our Shared Territory” is a short film featuring local Indigenous leaders that delves more deeply into the subject of Territory Acknowledgments. Although the film focuses on Galiano*,...

Youth Research: Learning from #HerDigitalVisions

[#HerDigitalVisions is an after-school program that supports girls in becoming digital citizens and leaders, in both on and off-line communities. #HerDigitalVisions uses digital play and media...

#HerDigitalVisions Launches a YouTube Channel

#HerDigitalVisions Launches YouTube Channel How do we create digital media and spaces online that support girls in the digital world? This fall, AMES took on this question through the 4th edition of...

A New Inspired Look!

Focusing on the Stories that Matter. Thanks to the Canada Summer Jobs Program, we have been able to hire two students to work on over the summer to refresh the look of our website. Focusing on what...

DisPLACEment Testimonials


 

Not only was the workshop interactive and engaging, it lit a fire under my students for days. We feel really lucky to have been able to create a space for connection and story-telling. It was inspiring for the students … to see how people who have shared similar or challenging experiences are empowered through social justice work and art. I would strongly recommend this workshop to other teachers and schools. 

Monique Comeau

The workshop reopened my understanding of system racism and barriers long built into the fabric of society, that unfortunately take an incredible long time to change.

Lush Workshop Participant

Running workshops with younger youth is more challenging because you face a wider range of experiences and knowledge levels, but its also incredibly rewarding. The youth often surprise you with their insights and willingness to learn, and are more open to hearing new perspectives and exploring different points of view on important issues.

Tanvi Bhatia – DisPLACEment Facilitator

I enjoyed learning and understanding the concepts of privilege and identity, empathy with those who have faced many challenges.

Participant of the EQUITY program at John Oliver

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Access to Media Education Society (AMES)

141 Sturdies Bay Road, Galiano Island
BC
V0N 1P0, Unceded Coast Salish Territory

or

AMES c/o The HiVE

#210-128 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1G8, Unceded Coast Salish Territory 


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