This year Canada is celebrating it’s 150th birthday but this is not a day of celebration for the indigenous people the county was built on. Due to the Residential School System indigenous youth were taken away from their families for 10 months a year. It was a way of assimilating the youth to Western culture and Christian beliefs. Many children in the schools were neglected, harmed and didn’t get proper education. This resulted in a high rate of unemployment, intergenerational trauma, addiction, mental health problems and a high rate of suicides. Next to that many people in Attawapiskat live in overcrowded, substandard or condemned housing. On the 11th of april 2016, Attawapiskat, a small town in Northern Ontario, Canada was in the news around the world. On that day 11 people tried to commit suicide. Some of them were only 11 years old.
‘ECHO’ is a collaborative project that attempts to give the youth a voice and therefore attention to their life, while in the same time making critical remarks about the media’s portrayal of social minorities in general and about the consequences of our colonial past in the everyday life of indigenous kids. The publication will be a newspaper, designed by graphic designer SYB.