Enabling Indigenous-created content to serve as a proof of evidence on one of the biggest environmental problems of our times.
We train a new generation of Indigenous leaders by providing the tools and skills to produce video content and develop geospatial maps to capture environmental change. We do this through our GeoStory Camps program, a 12-day workshop structured through a teaching curriculum on the basics of filmmaking and GIS mapping, offered in the local language.
We understand that there is power in collaborative filmmaking and evidence-based storytelling from the perspective of the communities at the frontlines of both Indigenous rights violations and advocacy campaigns. We want to facilitate a transfer of knowledge, and power, so that communities can tell their own stories, and so that these stories can be utilised for the most impactful purpose: To be used as evidence in court cases against Indigenous livelihood destruction.
The GeoStory Camps are realized while partnering with local filmmakers and geospatial analysts (our ambassadors) who are able to offer those workshops in the local spoken language. Indigenous community members who attend a GeoStory Camp will have the opportunity to be trained to pass their knowledge along to others in their communities. This will allow for a sustainable knowledge circle among the community.
By using film and cartography as a medium of witnessing, communication, and activism, the GeoStory Camps addresses two interconnected problems faced by Indigenous communities:
1. An infringement of their environmental and human rights by continued deforestation and destruction of their land.
2. A pattern of outside representation of Indigenous peoples and issues.
Image: Kamikia Kisedje
The GeoStory Camps At Heart
To use video technology and geospatial data as a tool for the advancement of Indigenous rights and the preservation of nature.
To transfer filmmaking and cartography skills to the communities who are on the frontline of the dangerous fight to protect the forests of our planet.
To ensure local ownership and empowerment as well as long-term project sustainability.
To connect Indigenous communities with environmental lawyers and use the video content and spatial data as proof of evidence in court to reclaim and protect forest territories.
Mato Grosso, Brazil
''This project will benefit our community in many ways. In the past, we never took any pictures or made any videos. But once we are trained, we will be able to document all evidence of destruction.’’ - Winti Suya, Kīsêdjê Tribe
The pilot workshop will be provided to 10 community members - 6 will be trained in filmmaking and 4 community members will be trained in geospatial mapping - with a focus on the participation of youth and women.
Trained participants are able to start collecting evidence of environmental change and the violations of prior informed consent and their human rights.
Evidence gathered by the communities in the form of videos and geospatial data will be used in court cases preserving around 2,642,000 hectares of Indigenous forest within the Xingu Indigenous territory and the biodiversity associated with it.