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Create and submit a video showing the magical art of First Nation story telling. The video might show an elder telling a tall tale, a legend, or memories from the past. It might just show the person telling the story, or there may be “B roll” (background images and video) that helps bring images to the story.

Entrants must be from from an Atlantic First Nation community or be a Native student in a provincial school.

Native youth (age 15-29 inclusive with Native status card) who submit high-quality videos will be considered to have been “youth employees” during the project:

“Gold” exemplary videos = 40 hours *$11/hour = $440
“Silver” very good videos = 30 hours *$11/hour = $330
“Bronze” good potential = 20 hours *$11/hour = $220

Those schools that have students ineligible for youth employment payments (less than 15 years of age), the Help Desk will work with the school to purchase equipment to further the schools' multimedia efforts (expected maximum $1,000).

Exemplary videos may be selected for inclusion in the “Native Story Telling” iBook that will be complete by March, 2017. Full credit will be given to the story tellers and video production teams!

Video Recording Tips:

  • Think about other noises in the room, the camera will pick them up.
  • If you have any clocks that tick remove the battery or unplug them.
  • Unplug any fans, air conditioners, or heat pumps.
  • If there is some noise you can’t control, try to put your subject far from the noise and position the camera so it points directly away from the sound (the sound is coming from behind the camera).
  • You want to make sure you record the “silence” in the room so you can cut that “blank audio” into clips where there might not be audio.
  • In a quiet room you can clap your hands to hear what the acoustics sound like, this is a useful way to find a room that will record good audio.
  • If you don’t have a tripod, try to create a platform the camera can rest on using books or something else that can be piled in a stable way.
  • When recording, count to 5 after you start recording before you let your actor behind speaking.
  • Be sure to avoid pointing your camera directly into a light source, like the sun or a bright light.


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Last Updated: September 16, 2016.