Digital Storytelling: Technology, Mental Health, and Indigenous Youth

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STATUS: Completed

The Digital Storytelling project was born out of a collaboration with Mi’Kmaq Confederacy of Prince Edward Island (MCPEI), funding from Children and Youth in Challenging Contexts Network (CYCC), and a desire and need to explore the intersections of technology and mental health for Aboriginal youth.


This project used participatory-action research methods in working with youth from Lennox Island First Nation to speak and learn about mental health, and the impacts of technology on mental health and wellbeing. With support from Island Media and the Youth Centre on Lennox Island, youth were provided training in film and video editing, and were supported in creating mini-documentaries to portray aspects of their daily lives and how they understand and alleviate the pressures and stressors they encounter.