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Media Object

For this assignment, I chose to analyze and write about a video created by Indigenous youth from Grassy Narrows First Nation that was shown on CBC-The National on May 4th, 2016 which has since been shared over 1400 times. The video, a visual accompaniment to a song the group wrote called “Home To Me,” displays images of Grassy Narrows, their school, and of the youths themselves. The video was produced by N’we Jinan, a non-profit organization dedicated to the production of music by Indigenous groups.

What becomes abundantly clear is that the youth are living in a place that may seen to have become frozen in time, as seen in the imagery of the video. However, they are stressing that this place–Grassy Narrows First Nation–is their home, and despite political tensions and their socio-economic status, they will stay and protect it rather than leave. However, the most significant part of the film is its reception: The CBC article was shared a large amount, and it coincided with an outpouring of support for the Indigenous community in Canada.

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