Recent Work

Recent, current and ongoing activities, initiatives and projects exploring the relationships between creative expression, the arts, health and healing in the north. Through our works, HARC, our partners and collaborators strive to create and sustain a dynamic, inclusive, strengths-based forum for innovative inquiry and practice around renewing and expanding health, wellness and well-being in northern communities.

November 6, 2019

November ‘Envisioning Health’ Art Night with Nadleh Whut’En

November’s Envisioning Health Art Night in the community of Nadleh Whut’En was full of delicious food, laughter, family, and stunning art! After a nutritious meal of bison stew, roasted root vegetables, warm buns, and fruit drizzled with chocolate, the art activities began! Laura Mcnab-Coombs, acting Research Manager at the Health Arts Research Centre, taught and led the November art project which involved learning intricate techniques of Métis dot paining. The …

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November 4, 2019

Poetics, Politics, and Possibilities: Performing Geographies of Writing Differently

This past October, Dr. Sarah de Leeuw gave a presentation titled, Poetics, Politics, and Possibilities: Performing Geographies of Writing Differently, as part of the Creative Geographies & Poetry Conference held at Université Grenoble Alpes in France. A video recording of Dr. de Leeuw’s presentation may be viewed below. A recording of the presentation is also available on the Performance Lab website.

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October 17, 2019

September & October ‘Envisioning Health’ Art Nights with Nadleh Whut’En

The Envisioning Health partnership project with Dr. Terri Aldred and the northern BC community of Nadleh Whut’En continues to gather monthly to explore creativity, health and wellbeing.  The project began in the spring of 2018 and employs arts, community- and strengths-based approaches to explore what optimal health and wellness means to community members of all ages. Evening gatherings include socializing around a meal and participating in individual and group expression …

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Final Report & Video: Northern BC Indigenous Youth Science and Health Summer Camp

     This past July, 2019, the Health Arts Research Centre worked with First Nations Health Authority, Northern Health, and UNBC to organize and pilot a Science and Health Summer Camp for Indigenous youth from communities in northern British Columbia. The purpose of the camp was to introduce Indigenous youth from northern BC to a postsecondary environment and encourage them to learn more about health and diverse sciences, potentially inspiring …

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October 8, 2019

A Workshop for Healthcare Professionals: Creating Visual Narratives of Care and Cultural Safety with Lisa Boivin

            On October 4th, Creating Visual Narratives of Care and Cultural Safety, with Lisa Boivin was held for current and future healthcare professionals at the Two Rivers Art Gallery in downtown Prince George. Community members who were in attendance included Northern Health practitioners and policymakers, staff and faculty from the University of Northern British Columbia and College of New Caledonia, First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) …

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September 4, 2019

Comic Jams, Intersectoral Research and Responses to the Impacts of Resource Extraction

By May Farrales What can drawing and doodling together do?  For a team of researchers, practitioners and community organizations who are working together in the Environmental, Community and Heath Observatory Network (ECHO), drawing together proved to be a challenging yet worthwhile effort. In spring of 2019, members of the ECHO Network took part in a series of comic jam sessions. Inspired by how health and humanities scholars, artists, and practitioners …

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