Creative Wellness at Home for Indigenous Youth from Northern BC Series


This free home-based creative experience is for Indigenous youth from northern British Columbia who are between the ages of 12 to 18 and are interested in arts and culture in wellness or who may be interested in pursuing careers in a health or social service field.

Registration is now open. Please click here to access the July 2020 session registration form.

What will the Experience Involve?
You will receive a creative wellness package that contains all necessary supplies and instructions (by hand-delivery, from a pick-up location, or by postage). You will also receive a written creative prompt that will lead you through that month’s art activity and a related reflection question. You will be encouraged to use artwork to explore and express your own personal and community strengths, creativity and culture as essential components to enhancing your own health and well-being and reaching your goals.

We hope through this home-based creative event that you will experience increased knowledge, awareness, and pride of Indigenous knowledges you already possess around health and wellness, and inspiration to potentially pursue a future in health and science education paths and professions.

Your package will contain both printed instructions as well as links to video instructions. You will also be offered the opportunity to share your unique creative expression experience on the Health Arts Research Centre website and social media pages.

Sessions involve different art projects and are planned to occur monthly through May, June, July and August (with new registration forms for each month). There are 50 registration openings each month and there is no cost to participate.

The Birch Bark Hearts Competition

Registration is Now Closed

Who:
The Birch Bark Hearts Competition is a mini competition now open for Indigenous youth (age 12-18) from northern British Columbia to take part in. The winner will be selected by random draw and each person has the opportunity to have their name entered into the draw up to TWO times.  The draw is for a Mystery Prize that will be mailed to the winner at the end of the competition.
What:
The competition involves following a step-by-step instructional video (posted blow). In the video, Marion Erickson will show you how to make your birch heart from start to finish. At the centre of the finished birch hearts will be the name of either a health career you would like to one day be in, or the name of a health career that you have admired during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please try and think outside the box! There are many health careers outside of doctors and nurses!
Where:
To have your name entered for ONE ballot, take a picture of your birch heart and send it the Health Arts Research Centre by email: marion.erickson@unbc.ca or text message: 250-640-3927! You can have a SECOND ballot entered into the draw by writing on a piece of paper why you chose the health career that you did with an explanation of what makes that career of interest to you.
When:
We are aware that Canada Post is experiencing delays due to increased use of mail so this competition will close once everyone has had a chance to complete their birch heart project.
How:
All of the required supplies will be sent to you through postage.

 

 

Clay Microbiology

Registration is Now Closed

Who:
This free of cost, home-based creative experience is for Indigenous youth from Northern British Columbia between the ages of 12 to 18 who are interested in arts and culture in wellness or who may be interested in pursuing careers in a health or social service field.
What:
This project will involve shaping air-dry clay to learn about microbiology!
How: 
All of the required supplies will be sent to you through postage.


Tune into our new YouTube mini-series 'Creative Wellness at Home with Marion Erickson'. Marion will be creating and uploading various episodes to promote and encourage wellness for Indigenous families. The series will be uploaded to our YouTube channel.