Respect, Reciprocity and Renewal: Participatory video, Indigenous communities, and climate change storytelling

Authors: Ian Mauro*, University of Winnipeg
Topics: Cultural Geography, Communication, Indigenous Peoples
Keywords: cinema; participatory video; Indigenous communities; climate change; ian mauro; storytelling
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Hoover, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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Over many years, Dr. Ian Mauro has worked alongside and in partnership with Indigenous communities to help document and share their stories on climate change. Using participatory video, whereby Indigenous communities have ownership and control over their narrative, these projects have helped collect, communicate, and conserve Indigenous voices and knowledge. This approach allows people who live on the land to tell their own stories, in their own language, within the landscapes where their knowledge has been generated. Nations and communities across Canada – including the Heiltsuk, Haida and Carrier Sekanni on the West Coast; the Cree Anishinaabe, Blackfoot, Saulteaux, Dënesųłiné and Métis across the Prairies; the Inuit across Nunavut and the Kluane First Nation in the Yukon; and the Mi’kmaq in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia—have shared their stories and been involved in these collaborative video-based processes. These stories share how climate change is impacting Indigenous livelihoods, culture, health, resources, and economies, and how communities leading on taking action. This work shows that by combining decolonial and community-based methodologies with participatory video, projects can generate respect, reciprocity, and renewal within communities and across landscapes.

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