Guiding Principles

HARC is intended as part of an integrated response to an identified need for a knowledge centre dedicated to renewing health in Northern BC through creative, geographically, and socio­‐culturally specific means and as an agent for building capacity to bring that knowledge into practice, especially in the North, and especially for Indigenous communities.

Four primary principles guide the vision, relationships and work of HARC:

1. Respectful and reciprocal relationships with multiple and diverse communities

2. Thinking creatively about health disparities in the North

3. Merging artistic ways of knowing and being with health and medical paradigms

4. Producing new spaces for innovative and creative knowledge about well-being

Here, we showcase works that reflect and inspire these guiding principles, and that emphasize the transformative role that the arts and creative expression can play in expanding and renewing health and well-being in the North by engaging health issues and disparities through deeply-rooted and profound strengths and resiliences of northern communities and peoples:

December 19, 2013

Words, vision, work and values

Arts and creative expression are ways of making meaning, conveying experiences, exploring our history and culture, and building relationships with place, with one another and with the world around us. …

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September 24, 2013

Me & My 2 Dead Brotherz

This provocative piece, a house post totem pole created in red cedar by renowned contemporary Gitxsan carver Ya’Ya Heit invokes the connections between creative expression, lived experience, place, story, community, …

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