Dancing Towards the Light – Amazing Documentary on Nunavut Youth

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown May 17th, 2017 Last Updated on: May 17th, 2017

There's not much else I can say about this documentary, you really just have to see the video and experience the interactive story and photos for yourself.

The documentary is by Kitra Cahana and Ed Ou, Canadian journalists and visual storytellers whose work has appeared in the New York Times, National Geographic and on the CBC. They have won numerous awards and grants, including World Press Photo Awards, a Pulitzer Center Catalyst Grant and multiple grants from the Canada Council for the Arts. They are both TED Senior Fellows.

Over the past few years, Ou and Cahana have made several trips to Arviat, Nunavut, located on the shores of the Hudson Bay. There, they have filmed the Sila Rainbow Dance Competition, an annual event that highlights the talents of Arviat youth.

In a town that has lost so many of its young people to suicide, dance has become a positive force of hope and healing.

Please go read the full interactive article, seriously beautiful stuff here:


And I'll leave you with this important numbers that were at the end of the film:

Kamatsiaqtut Help Line
(Inuktitut services available)

First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line

Kids Help Phone

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Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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Sandra Harvey

I love learning about your tribe and seeing how you live in cold weather I live in the desert. It’s nice that dancing helps you stay positive with so much heartache from suicide you are a great dancer love Sandy

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