Stories of Resilience was initially conceived in the summer of 2020 but began in January of this year. A cohort of 7 talented Indigenous and South Pacific youth were selected to participate in our novel arts and culture training program. This program was inspired by the current challenges presenting themselves as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic and is intended to inspire and restore links between individuals and communities. The program is designed to help elevate and highlight the connection between Indigenous communities and traditional knowledge and cultural teachings through invigorating art and multimedia work. The team is now in the final editing stages of a documentary that will be available soon – so stay tuned to our channels!
Here are some words from our participants:
The Stories of Resilience program has most importantly given me the chance and confidence to create on my own terms. Having the resources and support to explore what is important is a rare opportunity for any group, let alone Indigenous peoples, so to be able to freely work with the support of PPP is incredible. As I’m working with the medium of film largely for the first time, I’ve been learning a great deal about the process, something I hope will be realized in full in our final film project.
Working with the Stories of Resilience project has been a very eye-opening experience. It’s a delicate protocol to be a part of a platform that’s created to share other people’s stories. It’s always been, and always will be a sacred time when our people share a part of their story, especially the survivors of intergenerational trauma. When we ask questions like “what has kept you strong through difficult times?” It could be triggering, as well as grounding. We’ve always been so careful with our words, as our teachings have always been orally passed down. Thank you Pacific Peoples’ Partnership for creating such a meaningful project for Indigenous youth to be a part of.
Starting the project with interviewing elders of the community has shed some colorful experiences. I wasn’t confident but with the positive energy of the group, my mind has been opened to trying new things such as building upon my people and computer skills which are big steps. Interviewing elders was such a great experience. I will hold those great memories such as seeing them smile and laugh. My objective for the project is to bring honour and to keep the stories of the past going.
Edward George Jr.