DisPLACEment is a media arts production and outreach program that brings Indigenous, migrant + refugee youth together to make + share short videos that bust myths, creatively explore changing ideas of ‘home’ and ‘belonging’, and shine light on the forces behind and consequences of displacement and re-settlement.
This program builds hard skills while helping to increase awareness of the underlying systems that fuel forced migration (internally on Turtle Island—and globally), and their associated impacts (including the disruption of young people’s ties to their ancestral homelands, ways of knowing, and specific geographic spaces and places), with a view to activating change.

If you are a self-identified Indigenous, Migrant or Refugee youth between the ages of 18 and 30 who is interested in:

  • Making videos (no experience necessary)
  • Sharing your stories + views about displacement 
  • Working with other young people interested in social change  
  • Strengthening connections between Migrant + Indigenous communities.
  • Gaining the skills to facilitate dialogue (in schools and beyond) 
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Workshop Details

Interactive Project Info sessions – LOVE BC – 2455 Fraser Street

To register for one of the following (or future) info sessions, please contact ames@accesstomedia.org:

  •  Thursday August 10th from 6 – 9 pm
  •  Sunday August 13th from 1 – 4 pm

DisPLACEment: MAKING The Videos

Fall 2017

#DisPLACEment begins with 24 young people coming together for 10 days to work (in production teams of 3-5 people) with accomplished community-based filmmakers, share stories, and make short videos connected to the theme of displacement.

The first 3 days, which involve community building, media literacy, concept development, scriptwriting, acting, improv, and visual storytelling workshops, will take place on Galiano Island at the end of September . The next part of the project– which focus on scriptwriting, storyboarding, shooting, editing and sound/music composition –will take place over three consecutive weekends in October at the Leave Out ViolencE (LOVE BC) space in Vancouver.

Community Building/Concept Development – Bodega Ridge – Galiano Island

   Monday Sept. 18th (morning) to Wednesday Sept. 20th (evening) [overnight – 2 nights] 

Pre Production – LOVE BC – 2455 Fraser Street, Vancouver 

      Saturday October 14th  –  Sunday 15th (morning – evening) 

Production – LOVE BC – 2455 Fraser Street, Vancouver 

   Friday October 20th to Sunday 22nd (morning – evening)

Post Production – LOVE BC – 2455 Fraser Street, Vancouver 

   Friday October 27th to Sunday 29th from (morning – evening) 

SHARING The Videos

November 2017 – June 2018

The short films will be featured in a series of public screenings, presentations, and peer-created workshops (to be delivered in schools and in other community settings) that delve more deeply into the themes explored in the short videos.

This program will take place on the traditional and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Penelakut peoples

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Download a printable .pdf copy of Workshop Details below.

Meet some of the people you’ll work with during the project:

Jorge Salazar – Lead Facilitator

Jorge is working as Project Director of the Inner Activist. Which is a project of Tides Canada Initiatives (http://www.inneractivist.com/). The Inner Activist is a leadership education program that is part of a global movement rooted in social justice, equity, self-awareness and our place in nature. Jorge also co-founded in partnership with immigrant and refugee youth and allies, the Fresh Voices Initiative with Vancouver Foundation in 2011, where he worked as Project Manager until 2016. Fresh Voices gathers a network of more than 200 migrant youth to address systemic issues and create opportunities by advocating for policy change in BC.

Jorge Salazar came to Canada as a refugee from Colombia in late 2000. Jorge uses his own immigration journey, life experiences, training and education to bridge communities and facilitate positive change within government, organizations and grassroots groups. Jorge has been supporting connections between young people from diverse communities in BC, Canada and the Americas for more than 15 years. He has worked with Immigrant Services Society of BC, MOSAIC, the International Institute for Child Rights and Development – University of Victoria, City of Vancouver, the Ecumenical Task Force for Justice in the Americas and PeerNet BC. Most of the projects he is involved with are about opening spaces for inclusive facilitation, and youth and community empowerment within an anti-oppression framework. He promotes strong community connections, between diverse communities, particularly between indigenous, immigrants and refugees among others.

Camille Dumond – Counsellor + Facilitator

Camille has worked at the crossroads of healing and social justice for over 15 years. She currently supports refugee claimants as a group facilitator and trauma therapist with the Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture. Her passion and current training is in Process Oriented Psychology and Conflict Facilitation – learning to unfold the deepest experiences that arise not only in our bodies, emotions and psychology, but also in our communities, earth and the world. She holds Masters Degrees in Adult Education and Counselling Psychology.

Kris Archie – Guest Facilitator

Kris Archie, a Secwepemc and Seme7 woman from the Ts’qescen First Nation, is passionate about heart-based community work and facilitating positive change. In her own words: “My lived experiences as a mixed blood woman, mother and community member informs my desire for inclusion, accessibility, and justice”. Archie was the project manager for the Vancouver Foundation’s youth homelessness initiative, called Fostering Change before becoming the Executive Director of  “The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada”, an open network to promote giving, sharing, and philanthropy in Aboriginal communities across the country. In all of her roles, Kris works to transform philanthropy and contribute to positive change with Indigenous communities by creating spaces of learning, innovation, relationship-building, co-creation, and activation.

Mutya Macatumpag – Facilitator

Mutya Macatumpag is a multi-disciplinary and independent dance artist, actress, vocalist, choreographer and visual artist. She is also an instructor of a dance fusion called “Free Form Footwork” It is a fusion of Modern, Hip-Hop, Contemporary and Contact Dance.

Mutya Macatumpag (moo-cha maca-toom-pag) is a queer Pinoy of Spanish and Malayan descent made in the Philippines and born a settler on the Unceded Coast Salish Territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō, and Tsleil-Waututh traditional peoples. Mutya is an interdisciplinary artist who interweaves music, movement, theatre and visual arts within her professional practice as a creator, performer, facilitator and event producer. She is enlivened by opportunities to explore authentic exchange, leadership, social justice, and people empowerment. Mutya has worked with a variety of intergenerational, intercultural and youth focused organizations across BC, Quebec and the US and hopes to continue on this path of collaborating, teaching, studying and performing on an International scale.

Mutya is currently a creative facilitator and performer with PYE Global, IndigenEyez, Reel Youth & VQFF 

Peter Wanyenya – Project Coordination, Evaluation + Support

A “son of the soil”,  Peter Wanyenya has roots in eastern Africa. He also calls Toronto, Ontario home, and has served in roles at UBC that supprt the retention and success of international and refugee students. He also worked collaboratively across campus in the promotion of educational success for Indigneous students and on training for students ans staff that promoted equity and inclusion   Peter has been a national policy working group member of the National Alliance for Children and Youth and has recently completed a term as co-program coordinator for the B.C. Society for Intercultural Education, Training, and Research. He continues his community engagement as a Board Director for the Access to Media Education Society where he was an active program participant in an art-based media education and community engagement program for marginalized youth and through the organisation and coordinated the BC-wide anti-oppression project for children and youth in elementary and secondary schools. Prior to his current engagements he was actively involved in access to education advocacy for low-income youth and served as an “at-risk” children and youth worker in multiple inner city communities in Toronto.

Farhan Umedaly – Film Mentor

Farhan Umedaly is a filmmaker with a background in neurobiology, renewable energy and as a multi-instrumentalist music producer with over 18 years of experience in digital audio and video production. Farhan started VoVo Productions in 2009, with the original premise of producing videos and digital media to help explain complex subjects through turn-key video productions using his diverse background. Behind VoVo Productions’ work is Farhan’s vision to help create positive change in the world. Now an award winning filmmaker having completed over 150 productions, Farhan was recently the Director of Photography and Assistant Director for an upcoming Hollywood motion picture.

Sepideh Yadegar – Film Mentor

Sepideh is an Iranian refugee who is studying at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in FVIM (Film Video Intermediate Media). She believes that everyone has a story that they want to tell, either about themselves or about others. She has always been impressed by people who could effortlessly tell a story stories through a lens, but it once seemed impossible to her. She eventually picked up a camera and tried it for herself, and was pleasantly surprised. However, she quickly realized that a beautiful story is not just a compilation of amazing shots, but a narrative that captures people’s hearts and imaginations.

Tia Taurere-Clearsky – Film Mentor

Tia Taurere-Clearsky of Whaea Productions is Indigenous from the Nga Puhi/Ngati Kuri Nations of Aotearoa (New Zealand), lives on Coast Salish Territory of Turtle Island (North America/Canada) and was born in the Koolin Nations (Melbourne Australia).

Tia immigrated to Coast Salish Territory Turtle Island to be with her husband who is First Nations Blackfoot/Anishinaabe Nations.

Tia’s most recent works was travelling to North Dakota to film for TVNZ (Television New Zealand) current affairs show Marae on a conflicting pipeline and an Native American Reservation. She also edited a children’s series called Coyote Science for the indigenous channel APTN (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network) under the direction of Cree/Metis Director Loretta Todd. Tia is also involved in a collaboration between CMF (Canada Media Fund) and the New Zealand on Air to produce a Webisode of young indigenous women super hero’s called Fierce Girls.

This year she became an active board member of VIMAF (Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival) and organized a successful Festival for 2017.

One of her passions is striving to create International Solidarity by building synergies between Indigenous, Activists and Creative communities. She believes in working towards Tino Rangatiratanga, Self Determination for all peoples, through Creative Resistance, Creative Communications. She has skills in multi media production, critical analysis of the world we live in today and a deep respect for our Earth Mother Papatuanuku.

Richard Wilson – Film Mentor

Richard Wilson is from the Hwlitsum First Nation and was born on Galiano Island, British Columbia where he now resides with his family. 
Richard is an independent multi media artist who has worked in many facets of film and theatre. His resume includes work in production, stage-managing, acting, and camera work as well as being a sound and visuals technician. He has been honored to work with some of Canada’s premiere Aboriginal artists on projects across the country from Cooper Thunderbird at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, to The Edward Curtis Project in The Northwest Territories, and The Ecstasy of Rita Joe on Vancouver’s down town east side. 
More recently Richard has worked on three productions of the acclaimed multi-media production The Road Forward. During that time he has also been the lead mentor in Digital Forage/Wisdom Harvest, a project that uses digital storytelling to connect local youth and elders to traditional foods, medicines and each other.
A well rounded artist with multi-faceted and multi-disciplinary skills, Richard is at home working in a wide range of settings–from theatres and film sets to studios and classrooms–and able to connect with youth, elders, artists and technicians alike.
This, combined with his ability to wear many hats, shift smoothly between roles, and his easy going nature, make Richard an asset to any production.
In addition to art and production, for the past 6 years, Richard has worked with a local arborist to do danger tree removal, and a Captain on the South Galiano Volunteer Fire Department for the past 7 years

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers – Guest Speaker / Film Consultant

Máijá Tailfeathers, is a Blackfoot and Sami actor, producer, filmmaker and curator from the Kainai First Nation. She divides her time between Vancouver Canada, the Blood Reserve and Sami territory in Sweden. Her work has garnered attention for its focus on representations of women of colour, and her thematic focus on First Nations subjects and issues. Tailfeathers explores “innovative means of telling stories through mediums including narrative fiction, docudrama, documentary, mockumentary, and experimental film.” Her film projects are usually fully staffed with Indigenous cast and production members, reflecting her emphasis on engaging with First Nations and Indigenous filmmakers. She has won and been nominated for Awards at various international film festivals, and has been recognized for her work rooted in social justice. Notable recognition has included receiving a Kodak Image Award, the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award as an emerging filmmaker. She is included in CBC’s “Young Indigenous Leaders: 5 Under 30 To Watch in 2015.” One of her primary focuses as a filmmaker is activism and social justice and approaches film as a way to “use it as a form of nonviolent direct action against issues like violence against women and degradation of Indigenous land.” Her film and activist pursuits focus on issues that directly relate to and affect Indigenous women and communities. Tailfeathers is active in advocating for issues affecting First Nations communities. In 2011, she was arrested for participating in a peaceful blockade at the entrance of a drilling site in the Blood Reserve in Alberta.

Justin Reborn – Film Mentor

Justin came to Canada from Aleppo, Syria, 8 months ago, and is a self-taught filmmaker with a passion for telling stories through film.

Renae Morriseau - Lead Story / Script Mentor

Renae has worked since the early 80’s in the arts (music, theatre, film & television) in Canada and internationally with her singing group, M’Girl.

She has received cultural teachings through social and ceremonial songs and stories with the Secwepemc, Okanagan, Nlaka’pamux, Cree and Ojibway peoples. 

Today, between professional and community engaged artistic creations, Renae works to cultivate social justice, inclusiveness and community building through the power of the arts as it relates to reconciliation.

Deblekha Guin – Project Coordination

Deblekha founded AMES in 1997 and has been the driving force behind this registered charity and its development and implementation of a ground-breaking series of fully-subsidized media-arts production intensive and art-based outreach programs. In the 20 years she’s spent doing community and arts-based project development, Deblekha has designed, coordinated and overseen over 40 distinct digital-arts community-based initiatives that encourage people from various marginalized communities to self-represent, self-advocate and demystify often harmful cultural stereotypes.


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Please submit applications by Monday August 21st, 2017



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