Indigenous Story Studio creates illustrations, posters, video and comic books on health and social issues for youth.
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It Takes a Village is about Lara, a young mom-to-be, who is visited by Danis, a stranger. Danis teaches Lara the importance of eating healthy foods, avoiding alcohol, breastfeeding, keeping dad involved with the baby.
Kiss Me Deadly covers a range of sexual health issues – from respect and communication in relationships to pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, to sexual identity and two-spirit people.
Droppin’ the Flag is designed to help youth in gangs return to their communities after incarceration.
Lighting up the Darkness is about Jenny, who returns to her community after living in the city with her aunt and uncle. While visiting family, she has a series of painful flashbacks to when she was a little girl. Jenny’s story is one girl’s struggle. But many youth will be able to relate to events in her young life.
River Run is the story of a group of youth that learns the traditional use of tobacco while on a canoe trip. One of the youth, who smokes, gets her world opened up along the way.
In Path of the Warrior, Cullen gets rolled out of his gang and is forced to reconnect with his family and community. Team sports and culture become his new support system.
In Just a Story, Wendy doesn’t have any friends her age and feels overwhelmed at school. Her little brother is more social but he’s quick to lose his temper and get into fights. Something is clearly bothering them both. Good thing they’re open to getting help and breaking down the stigma of mental health.
An Invited Threat is about a family’s realization that the food they eat and make available to their community is not good for them. It’s about making healthy decisions now, rather than waiting until it’s too late.
On the Turn is about a young woman that learns how to play poker at school. Peer pressure gets the best of her and she learns what it feels like to hurt someone she loves.
In Level Up, Terry is contemplating dropping out of school. But before he does, he’s asked to spend some time with his cousin Dave, a successful game developer. Rather than lecture Terry, Dave makes the importance of school relatable – he compares education to moving up a level in a video game.
Interested in cartooning? See how they develop their comics at: www.youtube.com/user/healthyaboriginal