K to A: Positive FNMI Media
Punnichy Community High School purchased media equipment and trained students on how to use it to create a media club for youth to have the tools and skills necessary to create positive images of themselves and their communities.
Students created their own mini-media products including daily vlogs and mini-documentaries. The club members also had the opportunity to visit several local broadcasting stations who gave them the experience of operating studio equipment. The youth also visited CBC Regina and were given a tour and met with their staff members.
There was also a 17% increase in school attendance among club members and “students who began projects remained active throughout the year and helped fellow students with theirs.” Teachers also commented that students in the media club had “developed increased confidence… positive image, determination, initiative.”
Participating youth themselves reported that “they felt better about themselves and their community.” These same students also created their own additional media projects “building and putting their own positive identity into them.” Several students connected with their Elders, kookums, mushums, and parents to create mini-documentaries.