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 14, 2020

Indigenous Voices, Stories, and Healthcare at the University Hospital of Northern British Columbia

The HARC team was encouraged and inspired by the insights and conversations surrounding our most recent iteration of “Indigenous Voices, Stories, and Healthcare”, a 3-hour workshop created with the aim of working towards a more culturally humble healthcare system embracing Indigenous peoples and Indigenous knowledges. Experiences, critical discussions, and stories were shared by local Indigenous and non-Indigenous healthcare providers, health researchers, patients, nursing students, medical students, and writers. The workshop …

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February 1, 2020

New Book Publication: Geopoetics in Practice

The Health Arts Research Centre is excited to announce the arrival of a newly available book, Geopoetics in Practice, edited by Eric Magrane, Linda Russo, Sarah de Leeuw, and Craig Santos Perez. Book Description: This breakthrough book examines dynamic intersections of poetics and geography. Gathering the essays of an international cohort whose work converges at the crossroads of poetics and the material world, Geopoetics in Practice offers insights into poetry, …

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January 30, 2020

Upcoming Global Friday Event

‘Why Would They Care?’: Youth, Resource Extraction, and Climate Change in Northern British Columbia, Canada Vanessa Sloan Morgan Postdoctoral Fellow Geography Department & Health Arts Research Centre University of Northern British Columbia Date:  January 31, 2020 Time: 12:00 – 1:30pm Location: 5-175 Also available via Livestream ABSTRACT:  Discussion about local decision-making tends to overlook rural and remote youth engagement. Resource extractive industries are, however, fixtures in many rural, remote, northern, …

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January 20, 2020

January Envisioning Health Art Night with Nadleh Whut’En

We were so excited to see new and returning faces at the first Envisioning Health with Nadleh Whut’En Art Night of 2020.  After a nutritious and warm dinner together of moose stew, raw veggies, fruit and cake, the art activities began! This month’s project was string-nail wall art! Creating these beautiful art pieces involved using image stencils (some people creatively drew their own) to draw out different shapes on a …

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January 14, 2020

An Inspiring A.R.T. Program Update

The A.R.T (Art/Relationships/Therapy) Program is a creative collaboration between CNC (Nechako) Counselling Program and the Health Arts Research Centre. Since its inception in April of 2019, the program has facilitated more than 270 individual art encounters through weekly group workshops, reaching a diverse group of participants between the ages of 11 and 77 years of age. Both Fort St. James and Vanderhoof are continuing to build a community of artists …

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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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