Since 2015, JAYU's iAM program has provided photography and storytelling workshops to youth from underserved communities across Toronto. Each year, we honour their work with a rotating exhibition where 100% of the profits from the photo sales go back to the youth.
What does moving forward from an unjust legacy look like?
iAM: An Exhibition on Reconciliation explores reconciliation through the personal stories of nine youth. Over the summer, participants took part in a two-week photography and storytelling mentorship program, run by JAYU in partnership with the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto. The youth were guided through storytelling workshops to record and reflect on personal experiences with the support of Dave Skene, a mentor from the Metis community. Additionally, twenty outstanding emerging and established photographers provided mentorship and skill-sharing sessions, allowing the youth to express themselves through the medium of photography.
iAM: An Exhibition on Reconciliation is an opportunity to share their stories and celebrate the culmination of their hard work.