Aboriginal Youth Tell Their Stories With Photographs

June 21, 2011


More than 50 Aboriginal youth are showcasing their images and stories in an online gallery.

With support from the province and Planet IndigenUs, professional Aboriginal photographers visited seven communities to mentor youth in Grades 6 to 8, teaching them about photography and how to use it to tell a story. Those images are part of a gallery “In My Own Eyes” and are available to view below.

The gallery of photos was launched on National Aboriginal Day, a day that recognizes the important contributions that Aboriginal people, their cultures and traditions have made, and continue to make, to Ontario and Canada.



“These photographs let Aboriginal youth share their stories and viewpoints with us. Through projects like this, we are building awareness and understanding for Aboriginal youth and culture, leading to more respectful relationships and stronger, healthier communities.”

– Chris Bentley .  Minister of Aboriginal Affairs

“Youth are the legacy of Planet IndigenUs, and we are committed to engaging youth through meaningful activities in the arts. Programs like ‘In My Own Eyes’ in which youth interact with renowned Indigenous artists will strengthen their voice and make very meaningful contributions to their communities and beyond.”

– William Boyle .  CEO of Harbourfront Centre

“The ‘In My Own Eyes’ Initiative found a unique way to work with Aboriginal Friendship Centre communities by empowering the youth and honouring their perspectives and voice. As the President of the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres, I am delighted Friendship Centres had the opportunity to participate.”

– Sheila McMahon .  President of the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres