Module 3 Weblog: Post 3

As we discussed in the Week 8 postings, it was evident in the module videos that youth in many communities have limited involvement with traditional ways of life, aside from what they are taught by elders. Many of the youth expressed a desire to learn more about traditional sewing, singing, language and other art forms. The Mitac program funds students to complete research in Canada. This particular student Jessica Blain from Australia focused on evaluating arts based cultural programs in an attempt to fully understand their effect. She focused on theatre based programs to improve mental health and well being. I found this article interesting because it highlighted Jessica’s experience in Canada and made connections between her experiences with Indigenous culture here in Canada and in Australia. I think it is positive to draw connections where appropriate and make links to programs that are creating positive impact in Indigenous communities globally.

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