Youth Training Sessions

Tsawout Training Session

The Tsawout Training Session took place on May 23rd and 24th 2013 on the Tsawout First Nation.  We focused our 2 day session on Indigenous research with the topics ranging from traditional adoption to creation stories and roles of family and community.  We touched on some of historical implications of research, indigenous research methodologies and protocols, and ways that we can re-story and incorporate metaphors, illustrations and examples in our grant reporting.

The Youth bravely showcased their Lacrosse skills in  front of  a large audience and shared how the game has changed their lives.

From the Tsawout Training Session Video:

Vancouver DTES – Native Friendship Centre Training Session

Listening and engaging with the youth from VACFSS – (The Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society) at our Vancouver Downtown east side training session was emotional and inspiring.  Our focus was to engage opportunities for relationship and skill building as we explored research.  The youth spoke about their experiences “in care” along with some of their barriers and success stories.

Vancouver DTES training video: Youth part 1

Vancouver DTES training video: Youth part 2

Terrace Training Session

A large component of our Terrace Training Session in October, 2013 was based on Custom Adoption and children in care.  In one segment of our film we witnessed  a youth in care with her social worker talk in-depth about her experiences.  At the ICWRN, we were moved and excited about the growth we had all experienced.

I find it inspirational to witness the strength, wisdom and courage of our youth.  I am honored to film aspects of their  journeys.    -Kelly Seaman Videographer – ICWRN