Relationships Matter for Youth ‘Aging Out’ of Care Photo Exhibit Event

On the evening of Monday December 18th, 2017, eight young people from care in the Greater Vancouver area showcased their photography work at Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre as part of a collaborative photovoice research project with McGill University, the Vancouver Foundation’s Fostering Change Initiative, the BC Representative for Children and Youth, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

The exhibit aimed to take a closer look – through the power of images and accompanying captions – at supportive long-term relationships in the lives of young people from care and how those relationships can be developed and nurtured over time. The photography, accompanying captions and recommendations for change shared by the artists intended to challenge the audience and the greater public to reflect on the realities youth ‘aging out’ of care face, and how long-term supportive connections can play a crucial role in their lives.

The event was a success, with over 100 people from the community in attendance throughout the evening, including several ministry representatives from MCFD, AEST, Education, Indigenous Relations & Reconciliation and Mental Health & Addictions.

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Featured artists:

  • Martha Dzhenganin
  • Hari Sun (Harrison Pratt)
  • Jordan Read
  • Keeshana Emmanuel
  • Raina Jules
  • Ronda Merill-Parkin
  • Sabien Vanderwall
  • Tahsina Al-aibi (Fish)

With support from:

Melanie Doucet, Principal Researcher and former youth-in-care; PhD Candidate, McGill School of Social Work, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation scholar & SSHRC Doctoral Fellow

Thank you to:

  • Métis Elder Aline LaFlamme for the opening prayer and song
  • Meredith Graham of the Fostering Change Youth Advisory Circle
  • Linda Hughes, Chief Investigator of the BC Representative for Children and Youth for their words of support
  • Sarah Race (aka Emmett) for the event photography
  • Raul Campued JR for capturing the evening on video
  • DJ Niña for the lovely music
  • Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre for supporting the event
  • Adonia Merritt of London Drugs Photo Lab (Davie Street) for working tirelessly on the canvases

A big thank you for all who attended the event to come witness the valuable experiences, expertise and advocacy work of youth from care in BC!

See the event photo album on the Fostering Change Facebook page here

A video highlighting the photo exhibit event will be released soon - stay tuned!