7th Generation Image Makers
The signature interdisciplinary arts and media program at Native Child and Family Services of Toronto (NCFST). Since 1996, 7th Generation Image Makers has provided urban Aboriginal youth with access to high quality arts programming and professional arts training in a culturally supportive and safe environment. As with all programs at NCFST, 7th Generation Image Makers adheres to a service model that is culturally-based and respects the values of Aboriginal people, and the right to self-determination. 7th Generation Image Makers is committed to creating opportunities for Aboriginal youth to develop and maintain artistic literacy in a variety of creative disciplines and technologies. We maintain a talented collective of professional artists who often return as artist facilitators and mentors. Aboriginal youth work with artists, mentors, and elders to engage the community from an Aboriginal perspective through artmaking. The history of this program is grounded in carrying on traditions of image making. We are dedicated to working with diverse groups of Aboriginal artists, serving community members who may be new to Toronto, or who have always called the city home. Our programs facilitate knowledge transfer and skill-building, enabling youth to develop their artistic practice while at the same time fostering relationship-building.