Telling Indigenous Stories With Video

Indigenous graphic design of caribou.

Indigenous Graphic Design / March 14th, 2024

At Vincent Design, we are honoured to help tell your stories. From logos, motifs and videos we value the importance of authentic Indigenous design and how it can tell the story of your brand

Vincent Design’s approach to telling Indigenous stories.

Captivating Audiences Through Animation and Video 

Within the last few months, we have been grateful to work on a variety of video projects. Here at Vincent Design, we have worked on videos that tell the stories of our clients, from video animations, to interview series and documentaries across Canada.

Nowadays, video is how you can open up opportunities for emotional connection, and audience engagement. Through video is the ability to connect with audiences across multiple platforms such as your website and social media.

One of the projects that we worked on was with CAAN in their documentary series: 2 Spirit Stories Re:Membering. CAAN is a non-profit organization that addresses issues related to HIV and AIDS as well as STBBI’s, Hepatitis C, Tuberculosis, and harm reduction. In this documentary, we hear from 2-Spirit and gender-diverse people, they share their stories about the HIV and AIDS crisis resistance movement on Turtle Island. 

On this project, many local Winnipeg talents worked together to help bring this meaningful documentary to life. The team behind this project included our video editors here at Vincent Design: Anja Pearson and Kayla Pilgrim, Winnipeg video production company, Enjoy Creative, with music by Alexandre Tétrault.

Pictured from left to right: Ken, Denise, and Kecia, standing together in front of a mural.
Pictured from left to right: Ken, Denise, and Kecia

Our video editor Anja detailed her experience working on the project as a, “once-in-a lifetime experience. The stories and memories these incredible people shared with us were incredibly moving; I felt very privileged to be entrusted to showcase their personal experiences in this way.”

The documentary is in honour of 2-Spirit People, honouring their experiences, telling their stories and remembering the lives that were lost. The CAAN documentary amplifies their voices by showing their strength and their resilience. 

The entire process was an eye-opening opportunity to learn about the origins of the 2-Spirit movement in Canada and the journey of those involved. I learned so much. It’s both heart wrenching and inspiring to bear witness to those who have endured and contributed so much.

Anja Pearson

The projects we work on at Vincent Design are diverse, and every day we remember the privilege it is to honour and help tell the incredible stories of our clients. A large part of our work is rooted in storytelling and we understand the value of how design can be brought to life with video motion graphics.

I find it so incredible that we finally have the opportunity to bring our visions and ideas to life. Our designs have been telling stories for quite a while and I’ve always wished we could do more with them. Now we can. Animations and video simply amplify our clients voices, as well allow for richer and deeper design presentations.

Shaun Vincent

Locally, in Winnipeg, we have worked with Red River College Polytechnic (RRC) on a variety of video projects. They were looking for a video to showcase the Manitou a bi Bii daziigae building, as well as animations of a mural that we previously designed for them.

Bringing Indigenous Design to Life With Motion Graphics

Motion graphics telling the story behind the design of RRC’s murals.

These vibrant, stylized designs represent culturally significant First Nation, Métis, and Inuit stories while forming a view of Indigeneity in the past, present, and future. The elements are universal to Indigenous people across Manitoba and connect the elements from the natural and spiritual world. 

Red River College Polytechnic campus building featuring a set of six Indigenous murals.
RRC Notre Dame Campus Building

Showcasing Manitou a bi Bii daziigae 

As part of their commitment to embracing First Nations, Métis, and Inuit knowledge, cultures and traditions is the renaming of one of RRC Polytech’s buildings. Manitou a bi Bii daziigae (in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) translates to Where the Creator sits; and brings light. Red River College Polytechnic expanded its Exchange District Campus, with Manitou a bi Bii daziigae previously known as the Innovation Centre project making it the first RRC building to receive an Indigenous name. RRC came to Vincent Design in need of a video to showcase the building. Our team at Vincent Design helped with talent acquisition, scriptwriting, musical production, and editing. 

Manitou a bi Bii daziigae Campus Building Virtual Tour

Helping Tell Your Story Through Video

At Vincent Design we love to tell stories. If you are looking for video services to help tell your brand story please connect with us.