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August 16, 2016

HARC Summer Newsletter 2016

Wow! What a great year we have had at the Health Arts Research Centre! There have been so many amazing things that have happened and we have tried to include it all in our Summer Newsletter! Some of the highlights have been welcoming 3 new Masters students and Research Assistants as well as a new Research Manager.  We have continued to host successful and well attended Art Days throughout Northern …

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July 26, 2016

Poetry Workshop at the AAMC

Dr. Sarah de Leeuw recently attended and co-facilitated a poetry workshop for the American Assocation of Medical Colleges. See abstract below. Poetry to Heal: Understanding and Using Contemporary Poetics in Medicine Poetry to Heal provides, first, a brief overview of poetry’s relationship with medicine and healthcare professionals and, second, a hands-on workshop where participants will write and share poetry. The session is designed to expand participants’ understandings about poetry as …

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May 15, 2016

Cultural Safety for Indigenous Peoples: A Determinant of Health Webinar

The National Collaborating Center for Aboriginal Health, in collaboration with Northern Health hosted a webinar on February 17, 2016 on “Cultural safety for Indigenous peoples: A determinant of health.” Dr. Sarah de Leeuw, Associate Professor with the Northern Medical Program, UNBC and a Research Associate for the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health speaks to the topic of racism within the health care system and how it affects the services …

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April 1, 2016

Arts and Medicine Video

What a great video recently posted of Sarah de Leeuw on Arts and Medicine. In this video, Dr. de Leeuw begins by orienting to the arts and humanities as intersection with health and medicine, and provides an overview of two recent projects (one that is specific to northern medical practice and one to Indigenous people’s health). Check it out at the following link:

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March 15, 2016

“SICK” exhibit at Haida Gwaii Museum – Now Open!!!

Check out the “SICK” Exhibit at the Haida Gwaii Museum that is now open as of April 1 until May 21, 2016! The Health Arts Research Centre is really pleased to be involved in helping to sponsor this great event! Featuring Katie Borserio, Kiki van der Heiden, Sheila Karrow, Eiko Kuroto, Lynn Lee, Penny Richardson, Dafne Romero, Caroline Shooner, Kara Sievewright, Hilary Thorpe and Wendy Watts. Check out this great article written …

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February 1, 2016

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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January 31, 2016

New Aiyansh Art Days

We are very excited to announce that we will be heading up to the Nass Valley to host an Art Day with youth in New Aiyansh in April. Check back soon for see more details as well as some of the artwork created by the youth.

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Art Days with Blue Pine Health Clinic

We recently hosted an Art Day at Blue Pine Clinic in Prince George. It was really special to have the opportunity to work with and chat with the wonderful women who attended! It is always amazing to see the beautiful work that is created. You can see some of the art that was created below and some of the beautiful women who posed with their work! Thank you for sharing your afternoon with …

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December 23, 2015

Scholarship Fund Seeds Hope Through Research in Mental Health

Two of HARC’s research assistants, Julia MacDonald and Valerie Ward have been recognized for their graduate research and extracurricular involvement with UNBC. Their experiences and research have been paired with the interests of a community donor who is establishing a scholarship fund in memory of her son.  This scholarship will be to support research in the area of mental health and mental illness. If you are interested in donating, …

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October 6, 2015

‘Ut’loo Noye Khunni ~ Weaving Words Celebration: Narrative Medicine

We were very fortunate to have the opportunity to hear stories and readings from Richard Van Camp, Jane Inyallie, Dr. Terri Aldred and Danell Clay at our Narrative Medicine event. The event took place at the the UHNBC Learning Development Centre, situated on Lheidli T’enneh territory, as part of the 10th annual ‘Ut’loo Noye Khunni ~ Weaving Words Celebration. Thank you again to all those who read and attended this wonderful event! Below …

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September 16, 2015

Kwe: Standing with our Sisters

In this new book edited by Joseph Boyden, more than 50 Canadian artists speak out against violence against Indigenous women.  This includes a contribution by award-winning northern writer and poet Dr. Sarah de Leeuw. In Canada, Aboriginal women are three times more likely to face violent attack and murder than any other of their gender.  “This book is a call to action. It’s sometimes a whisper, sometimes a scream, but …

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Telling Stories about Storytelling

An engaging and intriguing article by Dr. Sarah de Leeuw (for the College of Family Physicians of Canada) on the power of storytelling in health care settings. To read the entire article click the following link: Telling Stories about Storytelling

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New Publication about eye-care service access in rural Northern First Nations communities

Abstract: There are a variety of barriers to eye-care service access in rural Northern First Nations communities. Semi-structured, opened-ended key informant interviews were conducted on the topic of eye care, with eight First Nations individuals employed by the health office in a small Northern British Columbian First Nations community. Data analysis comprised identifying themes by analyzing similarities and dissimilarities in participants’ narratives, including comparing and contrasting viewpoints of participants and placing …

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A New Publication on Mental Health Service Users

Abstract: Objective. Mental health service users experience high rates of cardiometabolic disorders and have a 20–25% shorter life expectancy than the general population from such disorders. Clinician-led health behavior programs have shown moderate improvements, for mental health service users, in managing aspects of cardiometabolic disorders. This study sought to potentially enhance health initiatives by exploring (1) facilitators that help mental health service users engage in better health behaviors and (2) the …

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September 14, 2015

Empire, Education, and Indigenous Childhoods

Interested in reading the foreword written by Sarah de Leeuw and Margo Greenwood for a book titled ‘Empire, Education and Indigenous Childhoods: Nineteenth-Century Missionary Infant Schools in Three British Colonies’? Click Here. Summary: Examining the experiences of very young ‘native’ children in three British colonies, the authors focus on the shared as well as unique aspects of the colonial experience in infant schools across the northern part of the North …

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September 7, 2015

10th Anniversary of ‘Ut’loo Noye Khunni – Weaving Words Celebration 2015

Come join us for the 10th annual Weaving Words Celebration with presentations by special guests including All Nations Elders, Waub Rice, Janet Marie Rogers, Richard Van Camp and more! **Call out for submissions for a special 10-year Chapbook: Looking for festival photos, favourite moments/stories/memories, work (poem, story, etc) created during/inspired by the Festival OR what this festival means/has meant to you. For more information about the Festival please email

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July 20, 2015

HARC Art Days with the Prince George Native Friendship Centre

The Health Arts Research Centre held an Art Day at the Prince George Native Friendship Centre and Central Interior Native Health in July 2015. We had a great time making art, laughing and chatting with those who attended. Here are some pictures of our Art Day at the Prince George Native Friendship Centre event and some of the beautiful artwork that was created!   

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April 16, 2015

Determinants of Indigenous Peoples’ Health in Canada Book Cover

<TITLE>Determinants of Indigenous Peoples’ Health in Canada <SUBTITLE>Beyond the Social <EDITORS>Margo Greenwood, Sarah de Leeuw, Nicole Marie Lindsay, and Charlotte Reading <OVERVIEW> The health disparities affecting Indigenous peoples in Canada might well be understood as a national epidemic. Although progress has been made in the last decade towards both understanding and ameliorating Indigenous health inequalities, very little research or writing has expanded a social determinants of health framework to account …

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Determinants of Indigenous Peoples’ Health, Second Edition

We are pleased to announce the release of ‘Determinants of Indigenous Peoples’ Health, Second Edition.’ To purchase a copy for yourself, visit your local independent bookstore or order directly from the Canadian Scholars’ Press. All proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society! This book was edited by Margo Greenwood, Sarah de Leeuw, and Nicole Marie Lindsay! This book offers interesting …

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