First Light Friendship Centre - Youth Digital Storytelling Project


First Light, the St. John's Friendship Centre, collaborated with youth to create these videos, sharing stories about what is important to them in their culture.  Inuit and Mi'kmaq youth took part in this project.  These videos, along with other youth videos on NCCIE.CA, can be viewed on their own or as part of the lesson plan entitled, "Youth Digital Storytelling Project."  They are inspirational examples of the types of videos the youth in the class can create.  The six youth are:

  • Avery (1:45 minutes)
  • Fred (1:51 minutes)
  • Kassidy (2:39 minutes)
  • Kwanita (2:20 minutes)
  • Mahala (3:29 minutes)
  • William (1:32 minutes)

Note: By clicking on the video, the series will begin with the first one.  If you'd like to select which video to view, either a) click on the "1/6" in the upper corner; a window should appear with the list of videos, from which you can make your selection; or b) click on 'copy link', open a new tab, press control-V to paste the link in the search field; hit enter. The YouTube page will open with all the videos appearing in the right-hand column, where you can make your selection.

Acknowledgement Protocol

Please read this Acknowledgement before the start of this video to respect the knowledge that is being shared and the Land of the People where the knowledge originates:

We acknowledge the Inuit and Mi'kmaq Peoples of Newfoundland, whose ways of knowing and being are represented in these videos.  We also recognize First Light Friendship Centre of Newfoundland and Labrador where these videos originate.

We respectfully acknowledge Newfoundland as the ancestral homelands of the Beothuk, whose culture has been lost forever and can never be recovered. We also acknowledge the island of Ktaqmkuk (Newfoundland) as the unceded, traditional territory of the Beothuk and the Mi'kmaq. And we acknowledge Labrador as the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Innu of Nitassinan, the Inuit of Nunatsiavut, and the Inuit of NunatuKavut. We recognize all First Peoples who were here before us, those who live with us now, and the seven generations to come. As First Peoples have done since time immemorial, we strive to be responsible stewards of the land and to respect the cultures, ceremonies, and traditions of all who call it home. As we open our hearts and minds to the past, we commit ourselves to working in a spirit of truth and reconciliation to make a better future for all.

What is the Land Acknowledgement where you live?

Creative Team

Name Role/Job Title Place
Avery Anderson Storyteller Nain, Labrador and St. John's, NL
Fred Fost Storyteller St. John's, NL
Kassidy Lush Storyteller St. John's, NL
Kwanita Drew Storyteller Conne River, NL and St. John's, NL
Mahala Brake Storyteller Nain, Labrador and St. John's, NL
William Angnatok Storyteller Goose Bay and Nain, Labrador and St. John's, NL

This video is about:

Mi'maq and Inuit Youth
in: St. John's, NL

Video Details

Length of Video 13:36 minutes
Is there content in this video that is inappropriate to show young children? No


Please contact Verlé Harrop  for more information.