We are a collective of Native youth creating uncensored spaces for youth to find their own voice. All of our media projects are initiated and led by youth, inspiring creativity, confidence, motivation and action. Our journey began as Redwire Magazine; we then incorporated as Redwire Native Youth Media Society in 2002. We are a media and arts organization dedicated to the power and healing of unhindered expression. We maintain a youth staff and board fostered with the support of elders, past staff and community mentors.
Our goals are to:
- offer opportunities for youth to learn practical skills in media
- facilitate community access to film, print, radio, podcasting, websites and performance
- create space for Native youth to educate each other on the issues facing their communities
- support and promote Native youth artists, writers, activists, performers and musicians
- encourage creativity and critical perspectives
We are currently focusing on creating online resources through this website. We are offering workshops to youth interested in podcasting film and radio. We are no longer publishing Redwire Magazine in the same capacity, but are interested in collaborating on smaller print projects targeted to those with limited or no access to the internet such as youth in prison and those living in rural areas. Please check out the media section of this site for the upcoming pilots of Redwire TV.
Examples of our past collaborative projects are http://www.awaken100.com our artist-run website, our CD projects “Our Voice is our Weapon and our Bullets are Truth” Vol. 1 & 2, and the 11 years we published Redwire Magazine. RW has hosted a ton of diverse media events such as Indigenous artists showcases, collaborative theatre and hip hop shows featuring acts like Manik, Ostwelve, Blackfire, and Aztlan Underground. We have partnered with the IMAGEnation film festival and the Talking Stick Festival showcasing Native youth talent and we were even a main host for the 2005 International Indigenous Youth Conference. In 2007, we won the City of Vancouver’s “Best Youth Organization” and we were also awarded the “Aboriginal Print Award” from the Indigenous Arts Service Organization in 2002. Also in 2002, Redwire Mag was recognized by from the Native American Journalists Association for “Best Layout and Design”.
Over the years we have been funded by the following via grants and support from: Van City, Honor the Earth Grant, Youth Employment Strategies Canada/Human Resources Development Canada, Canada Council for the Arts, First People’s Cultural Foundation and The Department of Canadian Heritage under the Urban Multipurpose Aboriginal Youth Centres Initiative, Health Canada, as well as donations and Youth Services Canada (HRDC). *we hafta to pay credit where it’s due, thanks to our supporters!
Over the years we’ve partnered with the following groups:
• Knowledgeable Aboriginal Youth Association, Redway and the Native Youth Artists Collective
• Community arts presenters: the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Roundhouse Community Center, Grunt Gallery, Burnaby Art Gallery, Rhizome Cafe and UBC
• Local youth groups: Young Bear’s Lodge, Musqueam Youth Project, Through Our Eyes photography project, Surrey Urban Youth Project, Native Education College and many different school classes and drop-in centres.
• Partnerships that help build a training ground for Native youth involved in media arts and culture. We have worked with practicum students and program placements from United Native Nations; Wiigit Program, the Peak Program; a six month skills Link program combining life and career skill training with on-the-job work experience; UBC First Nations Studies students; ACCESS, and the Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Adults at Vancouver Community College.