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June 28, 2021

Registration is Now Open for the Northern BC Indigenous Youth Summer Science Camp

Please click on the name of your respective community or organization below to register. Dates of 2021 Camp: August 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Ages: Indigenous Youth between the ages of 12 and 14. ☀ This Year’s Hybrid Delivery ☀ Although we are unable to host an in-person camp in Prince George in 2021 due to the unique challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, our team has worked hard to bring …

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January 8, 2021

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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August 17, 2020

The Covid Journals: Dispatches From The Front Lines

Writing as Craft in the Time of Covid-19: A weekend digital writing retreat for health practitioners Led by Dr. Damian Tarnopolsky and Dr. Shane Neilson, experts in the fields of narrative medicine and health humanities, the digital writing retreat provided an opportunity for health practitioners to re-tell the ‘COVID narrative’ from a place of autonomy. Physician residents Dr. Mona Maleki and Dr. Mei Wen shared their thoughts on their experience …

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July 17, 2020

“Good Medicine”: An Anthology Dedicated to Indigenous Medical Students

Good Medicine is an in-progress anthology dedicated to giving Indigenous medical students from across Canada the opportunity to express their Indigeneity through art and writing. Student pieces are prompted by and explore themes of culture, wellness, education, family, and health. The goal of this anthology is to unite the medical education narrative while highlighting the unique backgrounds and influences that fuel the progress and successes of Indigenous physicians-in-the-making. The inspiration …

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July 13, 2020

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 …

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June 4, 2020

Creative Wellness at Home with Marion Erickson

This is a collection of videos created by Marion Erickson to promote and encourage wellness for Indigenous families. Marion Erickson is the Research Manager here at the Health Arts Research Centre. Marion from the Dakelh nation, community of Nak’azdli and is a member of the Beaver Clan. Marion has a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and Community Development. Marion is a Traditional Knowledge researcher whose focus is on revitalizing Indigenous …

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May 27, 2020

Creative Wellness at Home Art Project Instructional Videos

This is a collection of instructional art project videos developed for Creative Wellness at Home for Indigenous Youth from Northern British Columbia. This is a free 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. For each …

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March 11, 2020

March Envisioning Health Art Night with Nadleh Whut’En

This month’s gathering of Envisioning Health with Nadleh Whut’En was attended by community members of all ages, who began working together to build a mixed media mural. To spark ideas for the mural, community members were asked the question, “What does health or wellness look like to you?” After a delicious dinner of roast chicken and baked potatoes, community members started creating different artistic pieces to become part of the …

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March 2, 2020

Upcoming Seminar: Health, Arts, and the Humanities: Crossroads Worth Critical and Creative Conversations

We are excited to announce that Dr. Sarah de Leeuw (HARC Research Director, Professor Northern Medical Program and Geography) will be presenting at the March Health Research Institute Seminar Series, a session for students and faculty to engage in discussions about current health research at UNBC. Details to attend the event are below (remote access is available): Date: March 12, 2020 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Room: UNBC 7-150 Remote …

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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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December 12, 2019

Art Displays, Food & Festivities for the Nadleh Whut’En Annual Holiday Event

On December 11th, members of the Health Arts Research Centre joined the community of Nadleh Whut’En for their annual holiday event! During the night, event attendees had the opportunity to walk through a stunning display of several artworks that community members created as part of Envisioning Health, an arts and strengths-based community partnership project. These artworks will be kept on display throughout the holiday season. The night was full of …

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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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November 4, 2019

Poetics, Politics, and Possibilities: Performing Geographies of Writing Differently

This past October, Dr. Sarah de Leeuw gave a presentation titled, Poetics, Politics, and Possibilities: Performing Geographies of Writing Differently, as part of the Creative Geographies & Poetry Conference held at Université Grenoble Alpes in France. A video recording of Dr. de Leeuw’s presentation may be viewed below. A recording of the presentation is also available on the Performance Lab website.

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October 17, 2019

September & October ‘Envisioning Health’ Art Nights with Nadleh Whut’En

The Envisioning Health partnership project with Dr. Terri Aldred and the northern BC community of Nadleh Whut’En continues to gather monthly to explore creativity, health and wellbeing.  The project began in the spring of 2018 and employs arts, community- and strengths-based approaches to explore what optimal health and wellness means to community members of all ages. Evening gatherings include socializing around a meal and participating in individual and group expression …

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Final Report & Video: Northern BC Indigenous Youth Science and Health Summer Camp

     This past July, 2019, the Health Arts Research Centre worked with First Nations Health Authority, Northern Health, and UNBC to organize and pilot a Science and Health Summer Camp for Indigenous youth from communities in northern British Columbia. The purpose of the camp was to introduce Indigenous youth from northern BC to a postsecondary environment and encourage them to learn more about health and diverse sciences, potentially inspiring …

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October 8, 2019

A Workshop for Healthcare Professionals: Creating Visual Narratives of Care and Cultural Safety with Lisa Boivin

            On October 4th, Creating Visual Narratives of Care and Cultural Safety, with Lisa Boivin was held for current and future healthcare professionals at the Two Rivers Art Gallery in downtown Prince George. Community members who were in attendance included Northern Health practitioners and policymakers, staff and faculty from the University of Northern British Columbia and College of New Caledonia, First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) …

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September 4, 2019

Comic Jams, Intersectoral Research and Responses to the Impacts of Resource Extraction

By May Farrales What can drawing and doodling together do?  For a team of researchers, practitioners and community organizations who are working together in the Environmental, Community and Heath Observatory Network (ECHO), drawing together proved to be a challenging yet worthwhile effort. In spring of 2019, members of the ECHO Network took part in a series of comic jam sessions. Inspired by how health and humanities scholars, artists, and practitioners …

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