Changes, whether big or small, can impact an individual, a family, a community, and society.
Those who seek creative ways to bring about change while guiding others along the way are considered changemakers.
These mighty warriors are exactly what Picture This Productions is looking for.
“Being brave, standing up for what you believe in, being willing, being counted and making a small difference that can lead to a big one, that’s the version of the warrior we envision,” said Maureen Marovitch, co-producer of a new series called Warrior Up!.
The series will spotlight Indigenous youth aged 13-24 who are leading change across Turtle Island.
The 13 half-hour shows will air in late 2023 on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN). It will be hosted by Anna Lambe and Michael Redhead Champagne.
“The animators will separate and each of them will go to different parts of the country to film with the young people,” Marovitch said, adding that filming will begin during the summer of 2022 and into the fall.
Through April 4 at midnight PST, youth applications are being accepted by Picture This Productions at [email protected] Nominations can be made either by submitting an email with a written story or a short video showcasing the nominees’ change activities.
“There are so many different ways that young people are really taking a stand and making a difference in their communities and beyond,” Marovitch said. “We are looking for young people who are in some way leading, initiating or leading the way in a wide range of possibilities.”
Marovitch said there have already been a number of submissions from individuals across the country, but they are looking for even more inspiring stories.
One of the submissions involved a young girl who advocated for an Aboriginal history class to be offered at her school. At first, the principal said there wasn’t enough interest in the class. But, the young student called her classmates to see if there was any interest and she was greeted with great enthusiasm. In fact, the class was oversubscribed, Marovitch said.
“She was like ‘wow, I can make a difference’ and she brings so much change to her school,” Marovitch added.
Another story was about a boy who, with the help of his sister, started distributing food and supplies to people in need. Eventually, this led them to start a street cleaning as well. He now plans to host a summer camp with Elders and youth to share and learn traditions and stories.
Some of the other stories include a young girl who started a beading class and shares the traditions with her classmates, a hockey player trying to get a clean water filtration system brought to his community rink, and a university student who organizes a marathon/walk with his grandmother to honor residential school survivors.
“We want to show that there are a lot of small actions young people can take that will make a big difference,” Marovitch said. “I think every single person that will be on this show, every young person that we will feature, didn’t start out with a huge project. They started out with something small that worked and made a small difference to someone. .
The two hosts selected for the series share a strong devotion to the journey of change among young people.
Lambe is an Inuit actress from Iqaluit, best known for her role in The Grizzlies and the CBC series Trickster.
“She has a passion for helping to promote different causes and encouraging young people in rural and remote communities to participate in projects and other things that can help them see a little beyond where they stand. find,” Marovitch said.
“She will be at the forefront because we will have an English version and an Inuktitut version (under the title Sapilisuittut) of the series, so Anna will also be doing the voice for the hosting of that.
Redhead Champagne is a member of Shamattawa First Nation, which recently hosted APTN’s First Contact Season 2 reunion.
“He did a lot of workshops with young people,” Marovitch said. “He’s pretty well known in Winnipeg and as an educator.
In addition to the series, Marovitch explained that there will be other shorter videos of other inspiring young people that will be featured in connection with Warrior Up!
This news will be published on their social networks in the hope of reaching even more young people.
Marovitch said the series will also be available for educators to share in classrooms and other learning-friendly environments.
But that’s not all the production team wants to accomplish.
“If they (the young people) have an idea and their project is at a certain stage and they would like to see it evolve a little bigger or in a different way, or if they have a dream, we will try to help and let’s see how we can help them move forward,” she said.
By Crystal St. Pierre, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Windspeaker.com, Windspeaker.com