Module 3 Post 2 – Digital Harvest

In 2012, the Vancouver Island University’s Office for Community Partnerships in Health Research collaborated with the Vancouver Foundation, the Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities Indigenous Foods Network, Vancouver Island Health Authority and the Canadian Diabetes Association to form the Prevention and Preservation Digital Harvest Project.  Over the course of  two years, 17 First Nations students and several Elders have come together to learn about traditional foods and practices and to document their learning as digital stories.  The project was very successful in promoting culture and healthier food choices, teaching computer skills and fostering self-esteem and self-confidence.  In addition, participating youth have been trained to facilitate workshops to teach other youth how to create digital stories on topics related to healthy living, life issues, and community pride.



The Office For Community Partnerships in Health Research. (2012). OCPHR Newsletter project updates.  Retrieved from

Vancouver Island University. (2014). VIU digital storytelling project empowers Aboriginal youth.  Retrieved from


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