Projects | On the Ground

"Images at their passionate and truthful best are as powerful as words can ever be. If they alone cannot bring change, they can at least provide an understanding mirror of man's actions, thereby sharpening human awareness and awakening conscience." -Cornell Capa

In today's media environment, the voice of independent documentary is more important than ever. On The Ground is committed to furthering the role photography plays in focusing attention on critical issues and providing first-hand on-the-ground information. More than anything else, the organization encourages people to look, listen, learn, think for themselves and act on their understanding. On The Ground supports projects that increase awareness of social concerns. Photographers are invited to submit proposals for consideration - go to How To Submit to learn more.

At present, On The Ground is proud to support the following projects:

First Nations: New Relationship? World Health Project

Can Canada change its antagonistic relationship with First Nations? Across the country, aboriginal leaders are demanding justice on land claims that have been ignored for more than a century. Frustrated by generations of poverty, aboriginal youth are taking direct action, donning fatigues, blocking roads and stopping trains. Mainstream Canada remains full of misconceptions about what transpired here between First Nations and newcomers but in British Columbia, where there are more outstanding land claims than anywhere else in the country, the government has pledged to lead Canada in walking the path to lasting reconciliation.

The award-winning team of photographer David Campion and writer Sandra Shields join forces to uncover the real story behind this longstanding antagonism and find out whether reconciliation is possible.

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It is estimated that every hour 1,500 people die, worldwide, of infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, and diarrhea; over half of them are children under the age of five. The effects of these diseases shatter families, jolt economies into negative growth, and destabilize security and food supplies. The sick, poor, and disenfranchised are the victims of the disparity that grows between those that make the dust and those that eat it. Health is a human right - without health there can be no progress, development, sustainability, or security. Yet the amount spent on world health is less than two percent of the global military budget.

After three decades covering human rights and the environment in over 80 countries, photographer and writer Robert Semeniuk documents the unnecessary tragedy that is world health today.

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