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.

September 29, 2020

Indigenous Voices, Stories, and Healthcare at the University of Northern British Columbia, Northwest Campus (Terrace)

  The HARC team was inspired and encouraged by the energy and conversations surrounding our most recent workshop, “Indigenous Voices, Stories, and Healthcare” held at the UNBC Northwest Campus (Terrace) on September 23rd. Warm thanks and appreciation to our presenters, storytellers, and helpers, Coco Miller, Nicole Halbauer, Erica Wilson, Sarah de Leeuw, and Lisa Striegler and to the Terrace Physician Initiative Group Society (TPIGS) team, as well as to all those …

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September 25, 2020

Women in Leadership Webinar Series: Midwifery, Research and Poetry Discussion

There are many incredible female role models in our world, so why are women still discouraged from becoming leaders? Marion Erickson, Katherine Puchala, and Sarah de Leeuw will be part of the Women in Leadership webinar series hosted by The Terrace Women’s Resource Centre Society to discuss their experiences as women in leadership in the areas of midwifery, research and poetry. To tune in to this discussion and to learn …

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September 24, 2020

Geographies of Medical and Health Humanities: A Cross-Disciplinary Conversation

In recent years, both within and beyond academic and clinical spheres, medical and health humanities have become increasingly influential. Drawing from interdisciplinary fields in the humanities, social sciences, and the arts, medical and health humanities present unique lenses for considering nuanced spaces and lived experiences of health and health care; they also help challenge traditional ways that medicine and health care are understood and practiced. This collection brings together practitioners …

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September 1, 2020

LCP Chapbook Series: I am what becomes of broken branch

  The benefit of poetry for (re)creating and maintaining well-being is becoming increasingly acknowledged. The National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health, through the Health Arts Research Centre, has supported the League of Canadian Poets to develop a poetry chapbook celebrating Indigenous writers in Canada. For this chapbook, the League of Canadian Poets partnered with the Saskatchewan Aboriginal Writers Circle Inc. to showcase the voices, community, and poetic writing of Indigenous …

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September 8, 2020

Poets Corner Poetry Reading

In August 2020, as part of the Poets Corner Reading Series (, HARC Research Director Sarah de Leeuw gave a virtual public poetry reading to an audience of more than forty people. The reading was also an opportunity for the national audience to learn more about the role of poetics, humanities, and narrative medicine and health. The evening included poems both from de Leeuw’s last book of poetry (Outside, America …

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August 29, 2020

Science, Art, and Indigenous Ecological Knowledge: Holistic Approaches to Inspiring Next Generation Health and Wellness Practitioners

HARC is dedicated to renewing health in Northern BC through creative, geographically-specific, and socio­culturally means. HARC works as an agent for building capacity to bring knowledge into practice, especially in the North, and especially for Indigenous peoples and communities. Using Art, Dakelh Oral History, and Science as holistic mediums, members of the HARC team have developed a tool kit to help teachers in inspiring students to take up health careers. …

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