The term literacy has evolved rapidly over the last decade. Arguably, students communicate and write more now than ever, given the popularity of social media. The accessibility of video production, photography, and other digital arts has youth engaging with media at a younger age.
There’s a rise in both video production and distribution. Children and teens broadcast themselves successfully to millions through social media platforms such as Instagram and Musical.ly. Society’s method of storytelling has evolved from films, books, and magazines, to Youtube, Snapchat, and blogging platforms.
It’s a fascinating time to be a storyteller and also an educator. It’s my goal to embrace digital media in the classroom not as a primary focus, but as an alternative way to tackle subject matter in a way that accurately represents how society currently consumes both media and literature.
Who am I?
I’ve spent nearly idea creating things: news clips, corporate videos, films, websites, brochures, summer camps, and marketing plans. Recently I’ve been studying education at the University of Manitoba with plans of becoming an educator after graduation in 2017. I have a degree in English with a minor in Theatre, along with experience producing award winning short films and documentaries for broadcast.
During my professional career, I found that my most enjoyable moments came interacting and working with others in a “teacherly” role, whether that came as a manager, mentor, or media consultant. I also spent countless hours on the practice field and sidelines amongst high school football programs as a position and head coach. Engaging and working with youth and learners developed into a passion and a career path I’m proud to follow.
Film. I’ve made a living producing hundreds of videos. I started out as a young entrepreneur in Northwest Ontario working in journalism and the corporate environment to a producer in Winnipeg, Manitoba creating documentaries.
Aboriginal topics and issues have been at the forefront of my work. As a non-status Indian, I’ve been highly involved in both political and educational projects within Treaties 1, 2, and 3. I produced and directed A Good Indian, a short narrative that has been included in the Manitoba Curriculum guide Finding Focus: Framing Canadian Métis and First Nations on Film.
I’ve also mentored Aboriginal Youth in the art of filmmaking, along with designing and teaching a Digital Storytelling Camp for Aboriginal students in grade 5 and 6.
I’m currently focused on completing my final year in the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba. Simultaneously, I’m completing production on Moccasin Stories, a documentary that demonstrates the perseverance of Aboriginal Culture. 2016 also saw the release of the sports documentary Why We Play, which is currently available on MTS’ [Manitoba only] video on demand series Stories From Home.