Beneath the Surface:
Youth Outreach Program
imagi’NATION Collective’s Founder, Executive Director, award winning playwright of Beneath the Surface and host of APTN's Wild Archaeology, Jenifer Brousseau is a dedicated and driven Indigenous woman who has served First Nations communities of Canada for over two decades.
After touring the play for several years, with high demand and not enough resources to move a full theatrical production, it became apparent there was a need to expand our vision, toward greater accessibility. We are now working hard to develop an attainable outreach tool. The Beneath the Surface: Youth Outreach Program will be an extended support network that will be accessible to all communities throughout Canada, helping create the important discussions and dialogue needed to move forward as we heal and understand true re:conciling. The goal is to shift the narrative and educate our youth in truth. We believe that knowledge is power; we have witnessed and trust in the impact of this program.
BTS:YOP WILL CONTAIN:
TRADITIONAL AND ELDER TEACHINGS, EXERCISES, ACTIVITIES AND DISCUSSIONS IN CONJUNCTION WITH A COPY OF OUR HIGHLY REVERED AND POIGNANT PRODUCTION, BENEATH THE SURFACE, BOTH IN SCRIPT AND DVD, WHICH TOUCHES ON IMPORTANT INDIGENOUS TOPICS, SUCH AS YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH AND SUICIDE, SUBSTANCE ABUSE, BULLYING AND INDIGENOUS HISTORY.
Vancouver BC Canada
Fraser Valley Five Nations – Squamish (Squamish), Sto:lo (Chilliwack), Musqueam (West Vancouver), Tsleil-Waututh (Vancouver) , Tsawwassen (Richmond)
April 2018 to May 2019
imagi’NATION collective will present a performance for the filming of the play Beneath the Surface, along with corresponding workshop medicine modules, Beneath the Surface: Youth Outreach Program will deliver teachings to up to 30 participants per workshop, which are inspired by the Medicine Wheel and framed around the Anishinaabe 7 Grandfather teachings.
The purpose is to increase the capacity with our artistic educational outreach programs and youth mentorship in communities. After many years success and touring of the production, Beneath the Surface, we are transitioning from theatre to film as an artistic teaching medium, as part of a more accessible learning module. These elements can be taught in any school, theatre or community in Lower Mainland and throughout, BC, as well as all of Canada.
imagi’NATION Collective's vision is to create safe spaces with the use of creative arts as a learning tool for youth to acknowledge and discuss their personal stories and histories. Through exploring emotions, personal and cultural connection by way of play and creativity, it is our goal to impart greater knowledge and insight. With use of practical and traditional teachings, as well as applying healing supports, we offer the tools for awesomeness both through artistic expression and life skills training. In our imaginative workshop modules, which are taught in conjunction with the production, Beneath the Surface, we creatively reframe and shift narratives, with intent to prevent self-harm, and bring awareness to mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health, the end goal being the growth and healing toward success for the next 7 generations.
SYNOPSIS OF BENEATH THE SURFACE PLAY
This poignant production raises the subjects of historical trauma, substance addictions, abuse, suicide, bullying and other youth related struggles. We unravel the layers of reality past and present, and take the audience through a journey of truth and understanding. Its purpose to bring awareness on sensitive issues, how to heal through art and cultural reconnection.
Beneath the Surface: Youth Outreach Program. Which will include enriching educational modules available to First Nation’s communities, youth groups and programs, secondary and post-secondary schools, as well as other Indigenous organizations in Canada, by spring of 2019.
GOAL: Development of Beneath the Surface Outreach Program teaching/learning modules for the youth and educators in schools and Indigenous communities in Canada. As well as, transition of Beneath the Surface: suicide prevention and mental health awareness play from theatre to film by April 2019.
OBJECTIVE: creation a 7-week program, based off of the play/film Beneath the Surface with a focus on self-care, health and education, based on grassroots traditional teachings such as [The Medicine Wheel and The Seven Grandfather teachings] in order to uplift and inspire youth to be aware and proactive.
HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT US?
Recently awarded a grant from the First People’s Cultural Council, towards the building of BTS:YOP, we are still seeking additional backing. All support offers are welcomed for Beneath the Surface Society initiatives and projects.
We require and seek a substantial amount of funding benefaction for our projects and their many components, from contract labour to development.
Areas we require financial support in are, but not limited to:
Research and development
Administration fees and other staffing costs
Marketing and graphic design
Travel and accommodation
Filming: equipment, skilled team, editing, etc.
Project launch and distribution aid upon completion
IN KIND DONATIONS
We often lean on the generous support of our community members who can donate goods and services in conjunction with, or in lieu of financial support.
Areas we require material support in are, but not limited to:
Marketing materials, merch and printing
Website hosting and maintenance
Greenroom and event food and beverages
Venue space and equipment: audio/visual, lighting, filming, etc.
Travel and accommodation
Social media management