Project Uprooted: 2015 Youth Documentary is a research project, but a major part of that project is sharing stories through alternative media. By sharing stories, it is hoped that we can counter the media and help other activists connect. However, part of spreading documentary media means that sensitive subjects and images might be talked about or shared.
Listed below are a few ways Project Uprooted committed to keeping participants safe.
1) Keeping you confidential
Project Uprooted will not use any names (personal or collective names) unless you’ve said otherwise. You have every right to identify yourself if you want. However, not using names is a way keep some parts of your identity safe.
Additionally, Project Uprooted hopes to use the indigenous names of places, or the prefered name the community wants, in order to decolonize research and allow us to recognize occupied land we are on while we take part in our activism. Therefore, this might make it harder to pin point exactly where participants are from. In other times, it might make it easy. It is also up to you how you want your community identified. Upon request, participants can be made unrecognizable by having their face blurred out, their voice changed, or during filming using different styles to keep participants out of the image.
This project seeks to challenge and create a big map of Canadian activism, but doesn’t want to do it at the expense of its participants. You have every right to safety, just as you have every right to identify yourself if you choose! It’s up to you.
Talking about activism and the media could be difficult emotionally and psychologically. Project Uprooted will give participants access to online and in-person mental health resources. A safe(r) space policy will be made at the beginning of each session involving youth participants. This is to set the standard for how we want to engage with each other, ground rules, and creating a space for comfortable interaction when dealing with difficult things
Project Uprooted is also committed to accessibility. Youth participants will receive $11/hour for compensation in certain sessions. The maximum they can receive is $88. A small honorarium is available should they choose to do their own documentaries. This might help alleviate pressures for people who have to work or have other commitments and might not think they can participate. Interviews will be kept relatively short in order to accommodate for this in adult participants.
Wherever possible, Project Uprooted will also provide:
- Accessible spaces (for workshops)
- Vegan and Gluten-Free food
- Food for other dietary needs
- Active listeners
- Bus tickets
- Language translators
- Lots of breaks in sessions
- Visual accommodations (Screens, paper-printouts, etc)
- Hearing accommodations (ASL upon request, microphones, etc)
- Scent free spaces
- Participant info packages with maps to sessions and other information
More information on making safe(r) spaces can be found here: http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/for-professionals/lesson-plans-professionals/221?task=view