During International Development Week 2018, the Ontario Council for International Cooperation, the YMCA of Greater Toronto, Canadian Feed The Children and photographer Allan Lissner held a lunch-time presentation featuring Allan’s ongoing documentary work on Indigenous rights within Canada, and globally.
This event included highlights from OCIC’s Transformations: Stories of Partnership, Resilience and Positive Change collaborative photojournalism initiative, which is intended to support a new narrative on partnerships, solidarity and sustainable change. This year Transformations features the work of Canadian Feed The Children, Neyaashiinigmiing, Eel Ground First Nation, Garden Hill First Nation and Aki Foods in addressing food sovereignty challenges, supporting community-led initiatives, and working towards holistic community health.
Allan Lissner is a Danish-Filipino-Canadian photographer and filmmaker who was raised in Ethiopia, Liberia, USA, Nepal, Lithuania, Denmark, Jordan, Bangladesh and Canada.
For the past ten years Allan has been working on collaborative multimedia projects with indigenous communities, documenting their efforts to protect their territories and preserve their ways of life. This ongoing work includes projects with over a dozen communities in the Philippines, Guatemala, Tanzania, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Chile and Canada.
Some of the organizations Allan has worked with include 350.org, Amnesty International, GlobalAware, Idle No More, the Indigenous Environmental Network, KAIROS, Oxfam, Make Poverty History, the Norwegian Church Aid, the Ontario Council for International Cooperation, the United Nations Development Program, and the United Nations Women’s Association in Bangladesh.
When: Friday, February 9, 2018 from 11:00AM-12:30PM
Where: YMCA, 2200 Yonge St. Toronto, ON M4S 2C6 3rd Floor, UMOJA Room.