The Mothers Matter Centre [FULL]

About the project

Indigenous HIPPY (Home Instructions for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) works with isolated mothers where they live connecting them with other mothers in their communities who share an intimate awareness of the issues and challenges they face.

As Reading Week volunteers, we will be collaborating with the Indigenous HIPPY program to bring a group of mothers/caregivers and their pre-school children from HIPPY to the UBC Farm for a daytrip, with the purpose to build and strengthen connections both between the mothers and their children, and the mothers and the land. We will document their trip via. video-recording and/or pictures, and spend a day putting together a documentary. This will be showcased at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre on the last day.


Programming Dates
Kick-off Orientation Saturday, February 8, from 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Wednesday, February 19,  from 8:30 am - 2:30 pm (field trip)

Thursday, February 20, from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm (video compliation)

Friday, February 21, from 9:30am - 12:30pm (presentation)

What you will do

  • Connecting and engaging with mothers and pre-school children through conversation
  • Documenting the mothers and pre-school children’s’ connections to each other and the land with audio-visual equipment as appropriate
  • Compiling footage of field trip into a documentary-style video, or photo collage as determined by team
  • Present final product to families and relevant connections on the last day


  • Interpersonal skills, especially when interacting with children and parents of the HIPPY program
  • Openness to learning
  • Communication skills
  • Creativity
  • Experience with photography, videography, and iMovie/other media platforms is an asset

Placement location

Day 1

UBC Farm (subject to change): 3461 Ross Drive; University Endowment Lands, Vancouver BC

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Day 2-3

Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre: 1607 E Hastings St, Vancouver BC

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