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.

October 13, 2018

The First Walk to Truth and Reconciliation for Youth in Prince George

On October 3rd, 240 Grade 6 and 7 students of Prince George and Nechako Lakes took part in a Walk to Truth and Reconciliation. Students experienced a full day of learning about the lasting impacts of colonization, as well as the process of Truth and Reconciliation through visiting community agencies that are dedicated to serving the needs of Indigenous peoples in Prince George. Students began the day with a traditional …

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October 11, 2018

Creative Activity Worksheets

These art activities were based on ideas found in the art expression literature and online resources, recommendations of an Art Therapist, as well as from this group’s own ideas and inspirations. These activities can be used by health care providers and students in a variety of ways. They can guide reflections on clinical scenarios, be used as a tool to debrief, help with relaxation, or facilitate creativity. Medical students might …

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September 2018 Thesis Defences: Looking Out, Looking In

This September marked the culmination of two tremendous thesis projects by HARC researchers Katriona Auerbach and Melissa Johnson.  We are thrilled to now have Katriona onboard as a HARC Research Associate where she will continue working with the Northern Medical Program to provide future physicians with immersive experiences in Indigenous communities and on the land, and we wish Melissa every success as she begins her PhD on rhetorically pathologized bodies …

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Lines and Rhymes: Khast’an and Kimmortal at the Omineca Arts Centre

On September 26th, over 30 youth from northern BC and interested community members attended a night of performances dedicated to imagining healthy environments and communities in northern BC. Before the evening performances, Filipino youth from Prince George joined in an arts and music workshop led by Kimmortal. Appreciated by local Filipinx as a “rare opportunity for youth in the community,” the participants were encouraged to use rhymes, writing, and drawings …

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October 3, 2018

Nowh Guna’ Tseh / Our Way: HARC takes part in the CSFS Carrier Culture Training

In September the Health Arts Research Centre staff had the opportunity to take part in the Carrier Sekani Family Services Carrier Culture Training – Nowh Guna’ Tseh. Led by Elders and healthcare professionals Sarah Hein and Barby Skaling in collaboration with CSFS Director Marlaena Mann, this training was both deeply informative and connected to the history of colonization and injustice in the Prince George and surrounding area. Including personal stories …

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September 27, 2018

A Break from the Smoke: T-Shirt Decorating!

Students and staff associated with the Health Arts Research Centre (HARC) joined with the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) to offer a fun and family friendly creative outlet to evacuees staying in Prince George. All were invited to attend the Saturday session and given the supplies and space to create their own unique t-shirt, and the results were truly inspiring! Participants chose from a variety of fabric markers and fabric …

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