Since 2004 Outta Your Backpack Media (OYBMedia) has empowered Indigenous youth through free movie making workshops and resource distribution. OYBMedia is an Indigenous youth response to the need for media justice in our communities. We seek to create community ownership of media through youth empowerment. We challenge corporate dominated media by telling our own stories and by establishing our own networks and opportunities for media distribution.
More and more our identities are being shaped by popular culture. If we interview our elders and tell our own stories, we hope to also provide an intergenerational bridge that can support our own cultural survival. Imagine if every community had the power to create its own media. What would it look like? We would see youth sharing their stories online, displaying their films on projection and bed sheets in public spaces (or home) in every community. What would it sound like? We would hear high school students making guerilla radio/Podcasts so all can hear. What would it read like? We would read Outta Your Backpack newspapers incorporating art, comedy, current news, and events concerning community empowerment and resistance. Every organization & community needs an Outta Your Backpack Media collective!