REPORTING · 21st December 2015
There was a student photo exhibit at the Kitimat Youth Center on Wednesday, December 16th.
“Tonight we’re holding an exhibit for the youth Photovoice Project that we did in Kitimat. It was through the Society of Children and Youth of BC in Vancouver and we partnered with Tamitik Status of Women,” said Desiree Earl, Kitimat Coordinator for this project. “We got a group of youth, all female.”
6 youth participated in the event where they met and learned about photography and the importance of children’s rights. Then they went out and took pictures around town. After, they all met with Earl individually and wrote some quotes to represent their photos.
Each of the photos were inspired by the United Nations 42 articles for the Rights of Youth, which was adopted in 1991. They became aware of more rights than they thought they had.
“Awareness is a huge thing,” said Earl. “If people don’t know, then how are they supposed to treat others that way or learn or share that.”
A popular one amongst the Students was the Right to be alive, with two students, Cendrine Bolduc and Jade Busch, picking it. “It seemed Silly to me at first but then, I was like, everyone is allowed to be alive, even if they’ve committed a crime,” said Busch.
Chenille Gingera expressed her favourite right was the right to be warm, because there are plenty of children have the right but they do not have places to go which are safe or have food.
Kendel Furgason stated her favourite right was to be protected from dangerous drugs, because too many youth are around drugs or addicted to drugs, particularly in Kitimat.
Chelsey Boyson said her favourite right was to be included when adults were making decisions about her, stating adults will not consult their child when they want to do something.
This is phase three of a children’s rights campaign. This phase was also held in Vernon BC. The photos will be shipped around the province to get young people talking about what is important to them.
If you missed the exhibit, Earl is trying to put the photos up in other places around town during the next couple of weeks.
She thanked all the students who participated and their teacher who put them in touch with her.
Needs to be more of this
Comment by PG on 22nd December 2015
Its not always easy to stand up for change in this tough old world, others will try to make you feel bad for doing what you do, maybe even tease you..but your efforts will pave the way for others to be bold. Don't give up.