Idaa Trail Multimedia Journey
An interactive, multimedia resource that allows visitors to engage in a virtual exploration of traditional trails traveled by First Peoples in the Northwest Territories. There are teacher resources available, and the experience is available using a storytelling approach. This journey stops along the route at important cultural sites, taking the time to point out their significance. Local elders were involved in the creation of this resource.


November 6, 2011   No Comments

Tlicho Sunshine attendance project
How can I not post a link to a project from my own region? Many of our students came in on weekends to take filmmaking workshops and to film these productions. Attendance is a target issue in our region, and this project aims to improve school-community relations and attendance. This is an example of empowering students to address contemporary issues in culturally-relevant ways. Make sure to follow the link to the videos, and while at, you can see what other information is here. There is an interesting section on cosmology.


November 6, 2011   No Comments

Module 3: Media

Excerpt: Storytellers in Motion Episode 12: The Maori Voice Part One:

Excerpt: Storytellers in Motion Episode 13: The Maori Voice Part Two:

The series looks at storytellers in Canada and other countries. These two episodes look at the huge resurgence in Maori film and how it has preserved language and culture, as against predictions that their languages would be gone by now.  Part Two follows Barry Barclay, a very well known Maori film maker, to England and he talks bout some of the challenges he has faced. There are other resources of interest around his latest documentary Kiapara Affair which documents struggle of a small community to stop commercial overfishing in their harbour. This article documents political interference in the final cut of the documentary:

The Kaipara Affair, New Zealand, 2005. Director: Barry Barclay



Storytellers in Motion: ImagineNATIVE 2008 – Discussing the issues in mainstream media from the aboriginal perspective, and the rational for starting ImagineNATIVE:

ISUMA: I am looking at examples of the way media can be used to give students an interactive experience with language and culture. Isuma, in addition to video resources has many excellent teaching resources – this is one example of an interactive resource developed around their film The Journals of Knud Rasmussen:

in Teacher Resources area:


Indigenous Knowledge and Pedagogy in First Nations Education A Literature Review with Recommendations.  Battiste, Marie (2002) This article details features of traditional knowledge and links these considerations to learning styles and instructional methods. These recommendations went forward to INAC, where they were applied I have not found yet.  Retrieved from:

October 30, 2011   No Comments


A multimedia approach to exploring Native issues, particularly centered in Quebec. The layout is extremely user-friendly, with each topic represented thematically, and the people featured in each video being identified afterwards. This is an interesting overview of some pretty broad topics, and could serve as a nice introduction or springboard for further investigation into a topic or group discussion.

October 16, 2011   No Comments

Aboriginal Multi-Media Society

Researching other Indigenous media organizations in Canada – came across: The Aboriginal Multi-Media Society  (incorp. 1983) AMMSA publishes Windspeaker, which I do read occasionally up north, is a good mag and a good example of how aboriginal media have built broad based communication and political awareness; good archives. They also help train communities to get their own media going:



September 21, 2011   No Comments

Hello Cool World
Description: A sexual health awareness website featuring videos created by Aboriginal youth (mostly in BC) regarding various topics affecting their peers. Many of the videos feature educational information presented in a culturally-relevant context. The project aims to empower youth to educate others through video production. An example of youth empowerment and community involvement using video production as a tool.

September 21, 2011   No Comments