inVISIBILITY: INDIGENOUS IN THE CITY uses art and digital storytelling to mobilize knowledge from De-colonizing Our Schools (2010), a report that detailed barriers to Aboriginal student success in urban schools.
Phase One of the project invited Aboriginal students and parents as well as Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal teachers to make digital stories about their schooling experiences, and Phase Two entailed a three-week art exhibition featuring the digital stories along with the work of urban Aboriginal artists at the John B. Aird Gallery located in the MacDonald Block of the provincial legislature in Toronto. The exhibition created an indigenized space within the gallery where Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community members could meet and open possibilities for dialogue and learning across differences. This highly successfully event attracted over 500 visitors including the Provincial Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, superintendents from the Toronto District School Board, and policy makers in the Ministry of Education. InVISIBILITY represents a collaboration effort between REDLAB/Project Re•Vision, Dr. Susan Dion and Dr. Anna Hudson from York University, and Tanya Senk and Hannah Fowlie from the Aboriginal Education Centre at the Toronto District School Board.
Plans are in the works to expand this project to school boards outside the greater Toronto area. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Carla at: