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the northern vr
rv project

Mastercard Foundation, N2M2L and Thinking Rock Community Arts present
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On the Road: About the Northern VR RV Pilot Project

For this pilot project lead project partners Mastercard Foundation, the Near North Mobile Media Lab and Thinking Rock Community Arts brought a series of free week-long passive Virtual Reality 360 filmmaking workshops to communities in Nunavut and across Northeastern and Northwestern Ontario. This 360 Filmmaking tour aimed to facilitate co-learning, intergenerational knowledge-sharing, connections between communities and artists, creating and sharing art within community and beyond, creating Indigenous youth-led media, and sharing place-based experiences. Project partners, artists and technicians aimed to work reciprocally with participating partner communities.

Assets produced throughout the project are shared and published on this website with communities' consent. Project artists and technicians toured to eight communities in Nunavut as well as Northeastern and Northwestern Ontario to create original VR content and share technical expertise with Indigenous youth. Assets produced throughout the project are shared and published on this website with communities' consent. We are thankful for the hospitality, participation and partnership of the communities we visited, including Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, Biigtigong Nishnaabeg (Pic River First Nation), Garden River First Nation, Igloolik, Iqaluit, Sioux Lookout, Thunder Bay and Wikwemikong Unceded Territory.

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project TRAILER

This short trailer provides a glimpse of the places we toured to and the content we co-created with participating communities.

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MEET OUR PROJECT TEAM OF ARTISTS & TECHNICIANS

Project artist facilitators and technicians were chosen from across the country and collaborated with each community to lead Virtual Reality workshops. Lead artists included Sappho Hansen-Smythe, Nyla Innuksuk, Casey Koyczan, Mason Mantla, Chelsea Reid and Ksenia Stassiouk.

We are thankful for the additional artistic and project support provided by Amanda Low, Jocie Bentley, House of VR, Maggy Monceaux, Melody McKiver, Mixtape VR (Nyla Innuksuk and Ksenia Stassiouk), Tommy Truong and Cease Wyss.

about the project team
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Check out the content we co-created!

We are proud to showcase the content co-created with communities on tour:
360 videos, 1 animated story and photographs from all 3 tours (Nunavut, Northeastern and Northwestern Ontario).

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thank YOU TO OUR PROJECT PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS

Key project partners at Mastercard Foundation, Near North Mobile Media Lab (delivery) and Thinking Rock Community Arts (administration) contributed significant support in the development and delivery of this project, which was made possible with the support of Mastercard Foundation's Innovation Fund. We happily and gratefully acknowledge project contributions from our community partners (Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, Biigtigong Nishnaabeg (Pic River First Nation), Garden River First Nation, Igloolik, Iqualuit, Sioux Lookout, Thunder Bay and Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory), Biizidun, Earthling Collective, Melody McKiver, Mixtape VR and House of VR.