Creative Decolonizing Strategies

Drawing Wisdom is a Hello Cool World collaborative project. We make films, launch campaigns, hold workshops, and create teaching resources. All designed to celebrate Indigenous resilience.
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Drawing Wisdom & Hello Cool World are happy to support their very own, Rylan Friday, Project Manager and Vice-President of The Indigenous International Film Festival during its inaugural year, which will feature a variety of screenings and events at The Vancity Theatre on November 23rd and 24th, 2018. Its program is a celebration of Indigenous culture and heritage in screen-based media, and features standout works by Indigenous creators from Australia, Canada, Colombia, and The United States.

Four feature films are on the slate, including three British Columbia premiere screenings: From Australia, Adrian Russell Wills' Black Divaz, a sassy, intimate portrait of what it means to be Miss First Nation – a behind the scenes look at the lives of the contestants of the first Indigenous Drag Queen pageant in Sydney.

From Native Hawaii, Ciara Leina'ala Lacy's Out of State, the story of two native Hawaiians shipped thousands of miles to a private prison in the Arizona Desert, where they discover their Indigenous traditions from a fellow inmate serving a life sentence

From Australia, Larissa Behrendt's After the Apology, following four aboriginal grandmothers who attempt to challenge the system and government policies to bring their grandchildren home after having been taken into state care under questionable circumstances.

From Canada, Gwaii Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown's Edge of The Knife is a 19th Century period piece... (more)

The short film we made for FNHC & FNHA premiered at Gathering Wisdom lX!

This video is now online. It introduces leaders to the key themes of Gathering Wisdom, including a reflection on progress since health transfer (2013), healing and resilience, reclaiming our wellbeing, and health as the foundation of nation-rebuilding.  It ends with a call to action for leaders to take up this work in their own communities. 

We are honoured to be working with the First Nations Health Council on this series of films that showcase positive stories of resilience. We hope leadership will be inspired to be part of the important work made possible since the First Nations Health Authority was formed.

This first short film is the first of three films we are doing. It features Visuals of Mowachaht/Muchalaht youth and community members who were part of our Drawing Wisdom workshop back in February. The Vision statement for the FNHC/FNHDA/FNHA is “Healthy, Self-Determining, Vibrant BC First Nations Children, Families, and Communities.” We think the Mowachaht/Muchalaht youth represent 'vibrant' very well!

Now, our team has just returned from shooting in the Northern Region, in Nadleh Whut'en Territory, and Iskut in Tahltan Territory. We have been inspired by the land, the people and the stories they have shared with us. We are deeply grateful. We'll post some... (more)

We're excited to be heading to Tsaxana to meet some Mowachaht/Muchalaht youth to make some media with them! Watch this space for some of the memes we make this week! 

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The Drawing Wisdom team of Jada, Kat & D'Arcy are heading over to Tsaxana to meet Mowachaht/Muchalaht youth and elders to do a sexual health workshop to make memes for sharing. Check back soon to see what we have come up with.

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