The power of photovoice research method the focus of Métis scholar talk

A picture is worth a thousand words — especially if it gives a voice to someone who might not be heard otherwise.Robert Henry, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Calgary, is speaking at Brock University Monday, Jan. 15 to share his experience of how photography and photovoice methods have shaped his research on Indigenous street gangs.Photovoice is becoming a frequently used research method that engages research participants by having them document their experiences from their own perspectives through photographs.A Métis scholar originally from Prince Albert, Sask., Henry uses photovoice to explore the ways in which Indigenous men and women engage in street lifestyles, where, as he describes it, “the street gang becomes a site of survivance, challenging settler colonialism.”“Photovoice is a grassroots approach to photography that empowers participants to share information and tell their stories through pictures,” says Nicole Goodman, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and organizer of the speaker series in which Henry will present.Goodman says there are many benefits to this type of research method, ranging from increased awareness and reflection for participants to possible policy influence and change.“The impacts and benefits are bigger than those that often result from traditional social science research methods, which typically solely benefit the agenda of the researcher,” she says.Henry, whose research areas also include Indigenous masculinities, Indigenous and critical research methodologies, and youth mental health, frequently works closely with community partners. A collection of narratives from his PhD research, Brighter Days Ahead, was published in 2014.“Henry’s use of photovoice in the context of Indigenous gangs is community-based and participatory, treating men and women previously involved in these organizations as equal research partners instead of research subjects,” Goodman says.“Social science can learn a lot from this approach to research.”Henry’s talk, part of the Department of Political Science Speaker Series, is jointly sponsored by the Departments of Political Science, History and Sociology, and McMaster University’s Indigenous Research Institute.What: Re”imagin”ing Indigenous Gang Involvement Using Photovoice MethodsWho: Robert Henry, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of CalgaryWhen: Monday, Jan. 15, 10:30 a.m.Where: Plaza 600F, Brock University read more

NABBED Gunmen who rob customer outside Diamond bank arrested

…one of the suspects nabbed is on bail for $9M casino robbery – Crime ChiefA suspect in the Princess Hotel Casino $9 million heist, along with four other suspected accomplices, was on Saturday nabbed moments after committing a robbery at Diamond, East Bank Demerara. Richard Junior Stewart, who was granted bail for the casino heist, is presently in Police custody assisting with this investigation.Robbery suspect: Richard Junior StewartAccording to a Guyana Times report, a customer had just withdrawn $330,000 from a commercial bank at Diamond, East Bank Demerara, was departing the bank’s premises at about 11:00hrs when he was pounced upon by Stewart and his four accomplices and relieved of the bag containing the money.Thereafter, the five men jumped into a car and fled the scene. The Police were contacted, and based on the description given to them by the victim, intercepted the getaway vehicle and arrested Stewart and the four other men, who are all characters known to the Police.When contacted, Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum confirmed both the occurrence of the robbery and the arrest of the five suspects. He also related that Stewart had been released on bail in connection with the Princess Hotel heist, which occurred on April 29, 2016 at Providence, East Bank Demerara. In addition, Stewart is on bail on illegal possession of firearm and ammunition charges that were brought against him.Stewart, Wayne Griffith of Bagotville, West Bank Demerara and Andrew Blackman of 60 Middle Street, McDoom East Bank Demerara were arraigned in connection with the casino robbery. It was reported that the trio, along with others, robbed the Princess Hotel cashier of a total sum of $8,951,000. During the robbery, several workers and patrons of the casino were shot and injured. In addition, Lance Corporal Andrew Richardson was shot during a gunfight with the men while responding to a report of the robbery.It was reported that Stewart and three other men, all armed with guns, entered the casino and discharged rounds in the air. The men held up the security guard who was on duty, and took away his shotgun and ammunition before ordering everyone to lie on the ground. They then took the security guard to the cashier’s cage, where they held up the cashier and took away the money. Police ranks responded to a report received and confronted the bandits at the hotel; and in the ensuing gunfight, the police rank was shot.The five men are, in the new week, expected to be charged in connection with this robbery which occurred on Saturday at Diamond, EBD. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedThree suspects in multi-million-dollar Casino heist remandedMay 6, 2016In “Crime”UPDATE: Bandit nabbed in Eccles, Police hunting accompliceNovember 8, 2016In “Crime”Suspect in $9M Princess casino robbery found guilty, gets 5 years jailNovember 26, 2018In “Business”,…one of the suspects nabbed is on bail for $9M casino robbery – Crime ChiefA suspect in the Princess Hotel Casino $9 million heist, along with four other suspected accomplices, was on Saturday nabbed moments after committing a robbery at Diamond, East Bank Demerara. Richard Junior Stewart, who was granted bail for the casino heist, is presently in Police custody assisting with this investigation.Robbery suspect: Richard Junior StewartAccording to a Guyana Times report, a customer had just withdrawn $330,000 from a commercial bank at Diamond, East Bank Demerara, was departing the bank’s premises at about 11:00hrs when he was pounced upon by Stewart and his four accomplices and relieved of the bag containing the money.Thereafter, the five men jumped into a car and fled the scene. The Police were contacted, and based on the description given to them by the victim, intercepted the getaway vehicle and arrested Stewart and the four other men, who are all characters known to the Police.When contacted, Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum confirmed both the occurrence of the robbery and the arrest of the five suspects. He also related that Stewart had been released on bail in connection with the Princess Hotel heist, which occurred on April 29, 2016 at Providence, East Bank Demerara. In addition, Stewart is on bail on illegal possession of firearm and ammunition charges that were brought against him.Stewart, Wayne Griffith of Bagotville, West Bank Demerara and Andrew Blackman of 60 Middle Street, McDoom East Bank Demerara were arraigned in connection with the casino robbery. It was reported that the trio, along with others, robbed the Princess Hotel cashier of a total sum of $8,951,000. During the robbery, several workers and patrons of the casino were shot and injured. In addition, Lance Corporal Andrew Richardson was shot during a gunfight with the men while responding to a report of the robbery.It was reported that Stewart and three other men, all armed with guns, entered the casino and discharged rounds in the air. The men held up the security guard who was on duty, and took away his shotgun and ammunition before ordering everyone to lie on the ground. They then took the security guard to the cashier’s cage, where they held up the cashier and took away the money. Police ranks responded to a report received and confronted the bandits at the hotel; and in the ensuing gunfight, the police rank was shot.The five men are, in the new week, expected to be charged in connection with this robbery which occurred on Saturday at Diamond, EBD. read more