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Claiming Space: Voices of Urban Aboriginal Youth

Claiming Space: Voices of Urban Aboriginal Youth looks at the diverse ways urban Aboriginal youth are asserting their identity and affirming their relationship to both urban spaces and ancestral territories. Unfiltered and unapologetic, over 20 young artists from across Canada, the US, and around the world define what it really means to be an urban Aboriginal youth today. In doing so they challenge centuries of stereotyping and assimilation policies.

This exhibit will leave visitors with the understanding that today’s urban Aboriginal youth are not only acutely aware of the ongoing impacts of colonization, but are also creatively engaging with decolonizing movements through new media, film, fashion, photography, painting, performance, creative writing and traditional art forms.

UBC Museum of Anthropology
June 1, 2014 – January 4, 2015

Claiming Space: Voices of Urban Aboriginal Youth – YouTube

Aboriginal Youth and Media Conference on Identity, Activism and Film

“Assert, Defend, Take Space: Aboriginal Youth Conference on Identity, Activism and Film” was a day-long conference on issues of concern to Aboriginal youth. Artists from the Claiming Space: Voices of Urban Aboriginal Youth exhibition were joined by young filmmakers and activists from across Canada. Building off of the screened films, panelists discussed themes of youth identity and politics, the objectification of Indigenous women, and environmentalism and youth activism.

Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the Museum of Anthropology.

Aboriginal Youth and Media Conference – (Part One) – YouTube
Aboriginal Youth and Media Conference – (Part Two) – YouTube

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