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Access To Media Society?

AMES has been investing in the imaginations and skill sets of up-and-coming media artists, digital activists and creative change makers for over two decades.

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Acknowledging our shared territories

AMES is a bi-regional organization. Many of our projects take place on xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) territories, and that’s where lots of our collaborators and participants hail from too. But the birth place of AMES is the unsurrendered territory of the Penelakut people, and 12 other Hul’quim speaking Nations who hold rights and responsibilities in and around the place that’s come to be known as Galiano Island.

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Programs

Stories that move: transforming ourselves and the wider world

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.

HumanEYES

Bridging Cultures and Generations through arts-based migration and food-focused storytelling

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.

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  • AMES is proud to host an afternoon featuring two amazing facilitators and performers to reflect on their experiences blending art, facilitation, activism, and the mentorship of youth change-makers.

Join us on December 1st 2 - 4 pm  at the Broadway Youth Resource Center
  • In this interview, Kimmortal talks with JB the First Lady @jbthefirstlady, on her start as an emcee taking hip hop workshops at her local Friendship centre to leading workshops with youth. She also shares her wisdom on youth facilitation including the importance of prayer and ceremony in both anti-oppression workshops as well as stage performance. We also talk about the responsibility of white settlers in this work and the importance of real relationships amongst qtibipoc.

For the full audio link of the interview: check out the link in bio!

This interview is supported by the work of Access to Media Education Society and was recorded on the unceded land of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations, Coast Salish people.

Illustration by: @kimmortaltheartist

#youthfacilitation #facilitation #art #community #hiphop #poetry #jbthefirstlady
  • Wonderful to witness these 2 in action this weekend.  Creating and holding generative space as facilitators AND performers. So much appreciation Jillian Christmas and Lucia Misch <3. And thanks to the @Galiano Library (and all of the volunteers) for making the workshops and spoken word event possible!!
  • Letters for My Elders, a great work put together with the youth of Grandview Elementary as part of AMES's HumanEYES program. 
Youth showed great creativity and passion throughout the program working on rhymes, rap, and crafts! 
We've enjoyed every moment with  them! 
Shout out to @kimmortaltheartist  and @jbthefirstlady  for their great educational skills!
  • The loveliest thank you card we've received! Thank you for having us as part of your day

#OneWorldOneHeart
  • #DisPlacement had the pleasure to participate at One World One Heart. Everyone seemed to be having the time of their life during our first #Spoken_word workshop! 
Spoken word workshops are now available for booking! Join our team in writing rhymes, and get into the rhythm!
  • Safe spaces are crucial in discussing pressing topics of privilege, racism, and stereotypes. Here's what one of the educators said about that: “I really loved the facilitators! Their calm and confident, yet quiet way was amazing! It really helped create a safe space for students” - Spectrum Program Educator

Pictured facilitators Ayan Ismail and Aslam Bulbulia during a workshop at Spectrum Program
  • Icebergs are 20% visible and 80% invisible, and so are cultures, people, identities, and personalities. 
This iceberg model has been a very successful activity of our DisPLACEment workshops!
  • Anyone who had the joy and honour of knowing the one-of-a-kind being that was Peter Dub-u is likely in deep in grief and bitter sweet remembering right now.

Please help to ensure that in the midst of this profound loss Peter's family doesn't need to worry about the costs of beginning the long process of saying goodbye.

Link in bio 
#RIP #AMES #RememberingPeterWanyenya
  • Facilitator @vidaluz knows how to use her artistic skills when putting together the Community Agreements!