Creative Decolonizing Strategies

Drawing Wisdom is a Hello Cool World collaborative project. We make films, launch campaigns, hold workshops, and create teaching resources. All designed to celebrate Indigenous resilience.
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The short film we made for FNHC & FNHA premiered at Gathering Wisdom lX!

This video is now online. It introduces leaders to the key themes of Gathering Wisdom, including a reflection on progress since health transfer (2013), healing and resilience, reclaiming our wellbeing, and health as the foundation of nation-rebuilding.  It ends with a call to action for leaders to take up this work in their own communities. 

We are honoured to be working with the First Nations Health Council on this series of films that showcase positive stories of resilience. We hope leadership will be inspired to be part of the important work made possible since the First Nations Health Authority was formed.

This first short film is the first of three films we are doing. It features Visuals of Mowachaht/Muchalaht youth and community members who were part of our Drawing Wisdom workshop back in February. The Vision statement for the FNHC/FNHDA/FNHA is “Healthy, Self-Determining, Vibrant BC First Nations Children, Families, and Communities.” We think the Mowachaht/Muchalaht youth represent 'vibrant' very well!

Now, our team has just returned from shooting in the Northern Region, in Nadleh Whut'en Territory, and Iskut in Tahltan Territory. We have been inspired by the land, the people and the stories they have shared with us. We are deeply grateful. We'll post some... (more)

We're excited to be heading to Tsaxana to meet some Mowachaht/Muchalaht youth to make some media with them! Watch this space for some of the memes we make this week! 

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The Drawing Wisdom team of Jada, Kat & D'Arcy are heading over to Tsaxana to meet Mowachaht/Muchalaht youth and elders to do a sexual health workshop to make memes for sharing. Check back soon to see what we have come up with.

Share your voice! 

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Do you know #OnWhoseLand you live, work and play?

One of the highlights of the work we’ve been doing with the upcoming film Indian Horse (based on the award-winning novel by Richard Wagamese of the same name) has been collaborating with the digital agency Animikii on the website – and as of today – the launch of the very cool campaign #Next150 Challenge. The FIRST challenge called “#OnWhoseLand" launched today on the indianhorse.ca/next150 webpage.

The idea is that every week for 150 days, a new challenge will be posted that encourages you to go deeper in your own decolonizing journey – to take Reconcili-ACTION. 

Check out the video of the three actors who played 'Saul Indian Horse' in the film at different ages: Sladen, Forrest, and AJ. The three 'Sauls' are asking you to take part by: searching our interactive map to find out on whose Indigenous territory you live, learning to acknowledge that territory respectfully, and sharing that acknowledgment with your family and friends.

For Indigenous people, it’s one platform to showcase your territory as part of this bridge-building campaign.

For non-Indigenous people, this is a great way to address the question we always get asked in workshops: how do you do a... (more)