Events and Dialogue

Events & Dialogue


More than Words in Addressing Sexual and Gender-based Violence: A Dialogue on the Impact of Indigenous-focused Youth-led Engagement Through the Arts on Families and Communities, 3 & 4 October 2019

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This two-day dialogue event focused on supporting a community of researchers, practitioners, community organizers, and activists who are working to address sexual and gender-based violence through arts-based work with Indigenous young people. 


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2019 More than Words Conference

The event featured speakers and panels on using arts-based participatory workshops to engage participants with using arts-based methods for addressing the impact of Indigenous youth-led engagement, an Action Group, to address sexual and gender-based violence.

By creating dialogue and networks between different actors the primary objective of this event was to deepen an understanding of the potential impact of arts-based tools and methods on young people, their families, and their communities. 

The first day focused on:

‘What we are learning’ from this work; 

Showcasing key projects that are youth-led and arts-based; and

Discussing emerging challenges and what it means to study the impact of arts-based methods, particularly in the context of sexual and gender-based violence. 

                  

At the heart of the Day 2 dialogue was a series of action groups convened by members of the More than Words Advisory Panel and Implementation Team

At the heart of the Day 2 dialogue was a series of action groups convened by members of the More than Words Advisory Panel and Implementation Team

At the heart of the Day 2 dialogue was a series of action groups convened by members of the More than Words Advisory Panel and Implementation Team.

An action group convened by members of the More than Words Advisory Panel 

Participants worked in one of 3 arts-based methods led by a team of artists (e.g., cellphilming, visual arts, poetic inquiry, performance) to consider how these tools can help to speak out, but also speak back, in relation to studying impact.

Getting to Impact: Integrating Indigenous Ways of Knowing 

This panel made up of thinkers who have been grappling with the impact of arts-based and other approaches used in working in Indigenous youth and in intergenerational contexts shares experiences of the challenges and promising practices they’ve come across in their evaluation work.

Getting to Impact: Integrating Indigenous Ways of Knowing 

This panel made up of thinkers who have been grappling with the impact of arts-based and other approaches used in working in Indigenous youth and in intergenerational contexts shares experiences of the challenges and promising practices they’ve come across in their evaluation work.

Participants worked in one of 3 arts-based methods led by a team of artists (e.g., cellphilming, visual arts, poetic inquiry, performance) to consider how these tools can help to speak out, but also speak back, in relation to studying impact.

Participants worked in one of 3 arts-based methods led by a team of artists (e.g., cellphilming, visual arts, poetic inquiry, performance) to consider how these tools can help to speak out, but also speak back, in relation to studying impact.

Participants worked in one of 3 arts-based methods led by a team of artists (e.g., cellphilming, visual arts, poetic inquiry, performance) to consider how these tools can help to speak out, but also speak back, in relation to studying impact.

Participants worked in one of 3 arts-based methods led by a team of artists (e.g., cellphilming, visual arts, poetic inquiry, performance) to consider how these tools can help to speak out, but also speak back, in relation to studying impact.

Participants worked in one of 3 arts-based methods led by a team of artists (e.g., cellphilming, visual arts, poetic inquiry, performance) to consider how these tools can help to speak out, but also speak back, in relation to studying impact.

Participants worked in one of 3 arts-based methods led by a team of artists (e.g., cellphilming, visual arts, poetic inquiry, performance) to consider how these tools can help to speak out, but also speak back, in relation to studying impact.

Filmmakers Andrea Cessna and Kiyari McNab screened their film entitled Sohkeyimowin. The film screening was followed by a panel discussion that included community leaders Jennifer Altenberg and Kari-Dawn Wuttunee of Young Indigenous Women’s Utopia as they reflected on the film as a mechanism for studying community impact

Filmmakers Andrea Cessna and Kiyari McNab screened their film entitled Sohkeyimowin. The film screening was followed by a panel discussion that included community leaders Jennifer Altenberg and Kari-Dawn Wuttunee of Young Indigenous Women’s Utopia as they reflected on the film as a mechanism for studying community impact

Filmmakers Andrea Cessna and Kiyari McNab screened their film entitled Sohkeyimowin. The film screening was followed by a panel discussion that included community leaders Jennifer Altenberg and Kari-Dawn Wuttunee of Young Indigenous Women’s Utopia as they reflected on the film as a mechanism for studying community impact

Claudia Mitchell: Setting a Context for this More than Words Dialogue 

 

Networks for Change and Well-being: What Have We Learned?

This panel of researchers and practitioners who have been working in an arts-based project with Indigenous girls and young women from across Canada and South Africa for the last 5 years reflected on where they are with this work, and what they see as the emerging challenges and next steps.

Networks for Change and Well-being: What Have We Learned?

This panel of researchers and practitioners who have been working in an arts-based project with Indigenous girls and young women from across Canada and South Africa for the last 5 years reflected on where they are with this work, and what they see as the emerging challenges and next steps. 

Networks for Change and Well-being: What Have We Learned?

This panel of researchers and practitioners who have been working in an arts-based project with Indigenous girls and young women from across Canada and South Africa for the last 5 years reflected on where they are with this work, and what they see as the emerging challenges and next steps.

Networks for Change and Well-being: What Have We Learned?

This panel of researchers and practitioners who have been working in an arts-based project with Indigenous girls and young women from across Canada and South Africa for the last 5 years reflected on where they are with this work, and what they see as the emerging challenges and next steps.

Networks for Change and Well-being: What Have We Learned?

This panel of researchers and practitioners who have been working in an arts-based project with Indigenous girls and young women from across Canada and South Africa for the last 5 years reflected on where they are with this work, and what they see as the emerging challenges and next steps.

Networks for Change and Well-being: What Have We Learned?

This panel of researchers and practitioners who have been working in an arts-based project with Indigenous girls and young women from across Canada and South Africa for the last 5 years reflected on where they are with this work, and what they see as the emerging challenges and next steps.

Networks for Change and Well-being: What Have We Learned?

This panel of researchers and practitioners who have been working in an arts-based project with Indigenous girls and young women from across Canada and South Africa for the last 5 years reflected on where they are with this work, and what they see as the emerging challenges and next steps.

       

Suzanne Methot is a Nehiyaw writer, editor, educator, and public speaker. Her latest book is Legacy: Trauma, Story, and Indigenous Healing (ECW Press, 2019).

Getting to Impact: Integrating Indigenous Ways of Knowing 

This panel made up of thinkers who have been grappling with the impact of arts-based and other approaches used in working in Indigenous youth and in intergenerational contexts shares experiences of the challenges and promising practices they’ve come across in their evaluation work.

Getting to Impact: Integrating Indigenous Ways of Knowing 

This panel made up of thinkers who have been grappling with the impact of arts-based and other approaches used in working in Indigenous youth and in intergenerational contexts shares experiences of the challenges and promising practices they’ve come across in their evaluation work.

Getting to Impact: Integrating Indigenous Ways of Knowing 

This panel made up of thinkers who have been grappling with the impact of arts-based and other approaches used in working in Indigenous youth and in intergenerational contexts shares experiences of the challenges and promising practices they’ve come across in their evaluation work.

Filmmakers Andrea Cessna and Kiyari McNab screened their film entitled Sohkeyimowin, followed by a panel discussion that included community leaders Jennifer Altenberg and Kari-Dawn Wuttunee of Young Indigenous Women’s Utopia as they reflected on the film as a mechanism for studying community impact 

Filmmakers Andrea Cessna and Kiyari McNab screened their film entitled Sohkeyimowin, followed by a panel discussion that included community leaders Jennifer Altenberg and Kari-Dawn Wuttunee of Young Indigenous Women’s Utopia as they reflected on the film as a mechanism for studying community impact

Filmmakers Andrea Cessna and Kiyari McNab screened their film entitled Sohkeyimowin, followed by a panel discussion that included community leaders Jennifer Altenberg and Kari-Dawn Wuttunee of Young Indigenous Women’s Utopia as they reflected on the film as a mechanism for studying community impact

Speaking Back Exchange

Convened by a multisectoral panel, this session provided an opportunity for the action groups to gain feedback and insights on their work.

Speaking Back Exchange

Convened by a multisectoral panel, this session provided an opportunity for the action groups to gain feedback and insights on their work.

Speaking Back Exchange

Convened by a multisectoral panel, this session provides an opportunity for the action groups to gain feedback and insights on their work.

The focus of the second day of the conference was on:

‘Digging in’ through a Working Group approach to refining and reframing tools and strategies for studying the impact of arts-based work with Indigenous young people and their communities. 

Suzanne Methot is a Nehiyaw writer, editor, educator, and public speaker. Her latest book is Legacy: Trauma, Story, and Indigenous Healing (ECW Press, 2019).

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