Ongoing Initiatives

This section connects you to resources in Prince George and surrounding areas where initiatives on medical humanities based learning are taking place.

December 2, 2022

Catalyzing H.E.A.L Medicine – Fall Update

On March 1, 2022, HARC began work on a CIHR Quadruple Aims funded project called Catalyzing H.E.A.L. Medicine: Humanities Education and Anticolonial Learning for the Transformation of Medical Learning and Healthcare Delivery in Canada.  The objectives for the project are: Produce a comprehensive, accessible, fully synthesized and analyzed repository of international knowledges and evidences about roles critical health humanities have played globally in mitigating health inequities. Translate for Knowledge Users …

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November 14, 2022

Be/Cause You Care Box

In May 2022, HARC launched the “Be/Cause You Care Box”. Since May, we have fulfilled 102 subscriptions to the box, which contains interactive materials for health care providers in Northern BC to learn about anti-Indigenous racism in the health care system. Met with huge success, health care providers from all over BC have shown great interest in this type of learning resource. On October 13th, HARC Research Manager, Lisa Striegler, …

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H.E.A.L Healthcare – Call for Proposals!

HARC seeks proposals for a project entitled H.E.A.L. Healthcare: Hearts-based Education and Anti-colonial Learning. If you have ever had an idea (or an experience) that you think would be good for teaching healthcare students and/or professionals how to become conscious of their biases (that land on them via colonialism, LGBTQ2S+phobias, placeism, fatphobia, ableism, and more) and how to, well… maybe… fix/respond to/address them, then please we’d like to hear from …

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October 3, 2022

Cross-Pollinations: Canadian Health Humanities Virtual Rounds Series

The HARC is excited to be supporting Cross-Pollinations: Canadian Health Humanities Virtual Rounds Series. Cross-Pollinations is an exciting series that will connect the perspectives of health, humanities and the arts in new ways, combining artistic expression with health practice and research. The conversations of Cross-Pollinations will illuminate new and emerging insights and perspectives about health care opportunities and challenges, health care approaches and advances, as well as build connections between …

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June 9, 2022

Indigenous Women and Gender Diverse People and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)

HARC is pleased to be supporting this fantastic research project entitled: Indigenous Women and Gender Diverse People and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). The research team is seeking one-on-one interviews with Indigenous women and gender diverse people living in northern BC, Yukon and NWT about how digital technologies can be used to support a thriving north. They’re project asks how digital technologies are already being used in communities to support health, …

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April 27, 2022

Be/Cause You Care Box

In British Columbia, there has been public conversation about anti-Indigenous racism in the healthcare system. There have also been nation-wide conversations and public responses to anti-indigenous racism, the role of White privilege and systemic racism, authentic allyship, and the need for more anti-racist actions.  The Health Arts Research Centre in the Northern Medical Program at UNBC, Northern Health, Indigenous Health, UBC Anti-Racism Initiatives, and the team from You Need …

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April 14, 2022

Please Join Us for a Night of Art and Research!

The Health Arts Research Centre invites health care learners and professionals to Pope Mountain Arts in Fort St. James to participate in a research project titled “Cultural Agility in Northern BC‘s Healthcare System: Increasing Indigenous Employment Participation and Responsiveness to Indigenous Well-Being.” Please click the following link to be registered as a participant in this research:

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November 22, 2021

PLURAL Project Collaborates with the HARC

The HARC team is happy to be a collaborator of the PLURAL project through having conversations about renewing health in Northern BC through creative, geographically, and socio‐culturally specific means. The PLURAL project seeks to gather knowledge and experiences in health care decision making from rural and remote communities in Northern BC to learn about the health care priorities of these community members. To learn more about the PLURAL project, please …

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September 1, 2021

2021 Northern Indigenous Summer Science Camp

The HARC’s 2021 Northern BC Indigenous Youth Summer Science Camp was a success! Please find a video of our 2021 Northern Indigenous Summer Science Camp below!   Although we were 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 worked hard to bring our fully-funded Summer Science Camp directly to campers through a community-based virtual hybrid …

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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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June 3, 2021

HARC Spring Newsletter

We at HARC have been busy this Spring. Please click on the image below to access a PDF version of our Spring Newsletter which includes project & program updates, achievements, up & coming activities and much more!

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January 22, 2021

Dakelh Language Lessons for Healthcare Practitioners

The HARC team is currently developing the curriculum for Dakelh language lessons for health care practitioners. We are working to have this ready to go for the spring/summer of 2021! If you are interested in this event and would like to stay in contact with our team, please email:

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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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November 9, 2020

HARC Fall Newsletter

It’s been a busy season at the HARC! Please click on the image below to access our Fall Newsletter which includes exciting updates about our team, partners, and past and upcoming projects.  

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November 2, 2020

Cultural Wellness at Home Infographic Summary

This September the HARC wrapped up our summer-long Creative Wellness at Home program. We had a LOT of fun developing each individual project — to find out more about them please click here:

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October 28, 2020

Girls Resilience, Ingenuity & Tenacity (GRIT) Program

The Health Arts Research Centre (HARC) is excited to partner with the Terrace Women’s Resource Society (TWRC) in their Girls Resilience, Ingenuity & Tenacity (GRIT) Program. This fall, and again in the new year, our team will offer virtual presentations for participants interested in Indigenous Knowledge, arts, and science – all with an eye to promoting health careers for northern, rural, remote and Indigenous girls! Marion Erickson will give our …

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October 24, 2020

Northern Storytelling in a Pandemic

During COVID-times, some of HARC’s work with healthcare professionals has had to pivot in new and innovative ways. In late September, Dr. Sarah de Leeuw was honoured to co-facilitate a story-based event for a myriad of healthcare professionals in northern BC to explore the impacts of a global pandemic at personal and community-based levels. Attended by more than 25 participants, the workshop was a resounding success and has spurred further …

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