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.

May 21, 2019

New Publication- Unsettling decolonizing geographies

The Health Arts Research Centre is pleased to share a recent publication, Unsettling decolonizing geographies, by Dr. Sarah de Leeuw and Dr. Sarah Hunt. “This paper takes as a starting point that, despite good intentions, efforts at decolonizing geography are inherently limited because colonization continues to structure the field of geography and the academy more broadly. We begin by placing ourselves in conversations about Indigenous geographies and colonial violence, using …

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April 1, 2019

Youth-centred performances and events on community, environment, and desires for their future

By Vanessa Sloan Morgan and May Farrales In March 2019, youth from across unceded and traditional Dakelh territories in northern British Columbia attended an evening of performances on healthy environments and communities. The day following, youth from School District 91, the Nechako-Lakes District took part in a full day workshop dedicated to exploring youth desires for their futures and building on key themes explored the night before. On March 14th …

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March 31, 2019

The Health Arts Research Centre Joins Gathering Our Voices 2019!

On March 21st, 2019,  the Health Arts Research Centre joined the Gathering Our Voices (GOV) Indigenous Youth Leadership Training on the traditional territories of the Hupačasath and Tseshaht First Nations (Port Alberni). We held two workshops for interactive creative expression and self-reflection. The morning workshop, “Using your Strengths and Passions to Bring Positive Change to Your Community’s Health”, provided youth with the opportunity to reflect on their character strengths and …

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March 9, 2019

New Publication — Web of culture: Critically assessing online mental health resources for Indigenous youth in northern British Columbia using digital storytelling

So pleased to share this new publication by HARC collaborator and soon-to-be-physician, Val Ward, and Dr. Sarah de Leeuw: Web of culture: Critically assessing online mental health resources for Indigenous youth in northern British Columbia using digital storytelling “Traditional sources of health information are no longer meeting needs of young generations, including Indigenous youth, who are increasingly turning to the internet with health–related questions. Research has shown that culturally–tailored health …

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Upcoming PhD defense by Jessie King: “­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­‘Niit nüüyu gwa’a: Deconstructing Identities”

We are thrilled that HARC’s own Jessie King is set to defend her dissertation “­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Niit nüüyu gwa’a: Deconstructing Identities” this coming April! Please join us on April 15th at 9:00am in the Gathering Place on the UNBC campus (room 5-123) to learn about this exciting work. Jessie is a candidate for the Degree: Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences. Chair: Dr. Todd Whitcombe( University of Northern British Columbia); The examining …

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