24 Hour Drum - Aboriginal Youth in the Sea to Sky - carswellfilm.ca
This film follows a 3 month journey taken by the Aboriginal Youth Leadership group in the Sea to Sky corridor. Left inspired and empowered by an UrbanInk slam poetry workshop they wrote, rehearsed and performed at the May 1st, 24 Hour Drum event in schools throughout the corridor. Students shared impactful stories through spoken word, poetry and art in Squamish, Brackendale, Whistler, Pemberton, and Mount Currie. Twelve days later they performed at the CAP (Canadian Association of Principals) Conference in Whistler. Their work was guided by two chosen themes: Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women and What It Is Like to Be Aboriginal Today. Now, there is no stopping them!
The 24 Hour Drum, held on Friday (May 1), was an event that aimed to immerse communities in aboriginal traditions while drawing attention to aboriginal issues and raising funds to support aboriginal initiatives.
Through the 24 Hour Drum hosted by the School District No. 48 Aboriginal Youth Leadership group, students shared their experiences, stories and concerns with their classmates, teachers, families and the greater community.
The Aboriginal Youth Leadership group is comprised of 60 students from across the Sea to Sky corridor, including Pemberton Secondary, Whistler Secondary, Xet’olacw Community School, Head of the Lake School, Howe Sound Secondary and Don Ross Secondary. Their work was guided by two chosen themes: Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women and What It Is Like to Be Aboriginal Today.
Left inspired and empowered by an UrbanInk slam poetry workshop they participated in as preparation for the event, students prepared personal, impactful stories they shared through spoken word, poetry and art during the 24 Hour Drum. They presented their work to their school communities across the corridor last Friday, as well as at the Jag-Ex Policing conference held the same day at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler.
All funds raised throughout the presentation of the 24 Hour Drum have been allocated to the non-profit collective, Walking with Our Sisters. A commemorative art installation, Walking with Our Sisters aims to honour the lives of missing and murdered indigenous women of Canada and the United States. The installation also aims to acknowledge the grief and suffering that the families of these women continue to experience. As Walking with Our Sisters tours North American communities, it works to allow art to create dialogue and awareness surrounding the issue.
This summer, the Walking with Our Sisters Exhibit Tour will arrive in B.C. The K’omoks Band Hall in Comox will host the exhibit from July 31 to August 15. As the exhibit tour relies 100 per cent on crowdsourcing, from the artwork to the touring costs, the Aboriginal Youth Leadership group selected the collective as the initiative they would like to support because of its close connection to their chosen themes of this year’s 24 Hour Drum.
For more information about the 24 Hour Drum, please contact the district principal of aboriginal education, Susan Leslie, at firstname.lastname@example.org.