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.

February 10, 2019

Notions and Bundles

Co-facilitators Sarah de Leeuw (HARC Research Director) and Margo Greenwood (Scientific Director, National Collaborating Centre for Aborignal Health)  are offering 12 engaging cultural awareness and respect workshops throughout British Columbia this winter and spring to Early Years Service Providers within the Ministry of Child and Family Development (MCFD). The 3-hour workshops encourage participants to use arts-based reflection to actively explore their assumptions, biases and knowledges about Indigenous peoples and families. Attendees create and leave with a bundled token of …

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January 10, 2019

Learning to Work Together: Using Photovoice to Help Respond to the Cumulative Impacts of Resource Extraction in Rural and Remote Communities

In May 2017, the Environment, Community, Health Observatory (ECHO) Network was launched at the University of Northern British Columbia on the unceded and traditional territories of the Lheidli T’enneh. The ECHO Network seeks to explore whether public health observatory approaches can enable coordination between sectors to address the cumulative health impacts of resource development. HARC’s role in the project is to work with the ECHO Network to reflect on how …

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HARC Art Worksheets

We are very excited to share our easy-to-use and fun art activities with detailed information about supplies, step-by-step instructions and points of discussion. These worksheets provide a wide variety of exercises, including activities for all ages, groups of different sizes and art experience. All of the worksheets has, as their common goal, of talking about and sharing wellness with all those involved. You will find the art worksheets organized by style of …

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December 20, 2018

Continuing Conversations around Health, Community and Creative Expression: Envisioning Health with Nadleh Whut’En

The “Envisioning Health” partnership project with Dr. Terri Aldred and the northern BC community of Nadleh Whut’En continues to develop in exciting and creative ways as we close out 2018. We recently spent another evening together, sharing food and laughter, creating winter and holiday-themed cards, and talking about ideas and themes for future gatherings. As the evening came to a close, community members used colourful scrapbook paper to write ideas for future art and health topics, as well as …

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December 18, 2018

Proudly Celebrating a 5-Year Partnership Grant

HARC Research Director and UNBC faculty member, Dr. Sarah de Leeuw, along with Dr. Margo Greenwood, UNBC faculty and VP of Indigenous Health at Northern Health, together with northern and provincial partners, lead a five-year, 1.3 million research project focused on further enhancement of Indigenous health and the healthcare climate in northern BC. ‘Cultural Agility in Northern BC’s Healthcare System: Increasing Indigenous Employment Participation and Responsiveness to Indigenous Well-Being’ aims …

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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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