Initiative For Indigenous Futures

an Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace production


Bringing Aboriginal Storytelling to Experimental Digital Media

What are Skins Workshops?

The Skins workshops aim to encourage Indigenous youth to envision themselves in the future, while maintaining connected to their heritage. We do this is by teaching them how to adapt stories from their community into digital media. We believe this helps to promote and preserve our stories, language and culture while also exposing our youth to the digital tools of today and tomorrow.   From video games to machinima to 3D printing, our workshops are designed by an Indigenous-led team to empower Indigenous youth by showing them that they can be producers, not just consumers, of these exciting media.

Since 2006, AbTeC has been sharing our unique curriculum, expertise and experience with youth on reserves and in urban centres. Currently, we are working with our partners in the Initiative for Indigenous Futures (IIF) to make our workshops more regularly accessible by training new trainers to develop a community of knowledgeable members and mentors.

Participants transform a story into a playable, 3D video game.

Participants learn how to transform a story into a short movie, with avatars for actors.

Participants are guided in imagining one of their descendants in seven generations.