Recent Work

Recent, current and ongoing activities, initiatives and projects exploring the relationships between creative expression, the arts, health and healing in the north. Through our works, HARC, our partners and collaborators strive to create and sustain a dynamic, inclusive, strengths-based forum for innovative inquiry and practice around renewing and expanding health, wellness and well-being in northern communities.

July 8, 2022

Project ART!

A brief snapshot from Project ART (Art, Relationships, Therapy) – a collaboration between the College of New Caledonia and HARC! What an amazing year of ART!

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June 16, 2022

2022 Rural Health Conference ‘Caring to Care’ Workshop

On May 15, Sarah de Leeuw, Kung Jaadee, and Darian Goldin Stahl presented a 2-hour workshop at the Rural Health Conference in Penticton, BC.  This interactive session entitled, “Caring to Care: Health Humanities, Cultural Humility, Storytelling, and Physician Wellness in Northern, Rural, and Remote British Columbia,” had 27 rural physicians in attendance. Workshop Description: This interactive plenary was designed to move hearts and minds: it built on the starting point …

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May 27, 2022

HARC Advisory Committee Annual Meeting

On May 24th, the HARC Advisory Committee and the HARC team met online for a wonderful afternoon of art and reflection on all the workshops, projects, and activities completed over the past year at the Health Arts Research Centre. During the meeting, HARC Research Director, Dr Sarah de Leeuw, crafted a beautiful poem out of the words shared throughout the meeting.

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May 5, 2022

HARC Hosts Workshop at RONOC – Realities of Northern Oncology Conference 2022

On Thursday April 28, 2022, HARC contributors Dr Sarah de Leeuw, Marion Erickson, and Laura McNab-Coombs facilitated a workshop at the Realities of Northern Oncology Conference at University Hospital of Northern British Columbia in Prince George. The hybrid workshop, titled PRACTICING YOUR BEST MEDICINE: PREPARING FOR INDIGENOUS PATIENTS, had roughly 75 attendees who joined in-person and online. The workshop explored current conversations about working with Indigenous peoples and communities, applying …

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HARC Facilitates Visioning Exercise with Advisory Group for CSFS & UNBC Elder Wellness Project

On Friday, April 29th, HARC facilitated a visioning exercise for the first in-person gathering of the Advisory Group for the Elder Wellness Project, an initiative focused on strengthening mental wellness and suicide prevention for Elders in the northern Interior. The Elder Wellness Project is funded by a 5-year $1.5M grant received in 2019 by Carrier Sekani Family Services (CSFS) and UNBC. HARC Research Director, Dr Sarah de Leeuw represents UNBC …

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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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April 8, 2022

HARC & NCCIH Partner on Hearts-based Education and Anticolonial Learning Project

HARC is excited and proud to be partnering with The National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health to support health care professionals to address anti-Indigenous racism, practice in anti-oppressive ways, and foster cultural humility. The Hearts-based Education and Anticolonial Learning (HEAL) project will promote cultural safety and recognize Indigenous knowledge and anti-colonial approaches in health service provision. Check out the News Release here:  “We need to remember that achieving optimal …

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April 6, 2022

HARC member wins CIHR Canada Graduate Student – Master’s & BC Graduate Student Scholarship

The HARC team is thrilled to announce that HARC member and interdisciplinary master’s student, Kelsey Chamberlin, recently won both CIHR Canada Graduate Student – Master’s – $17,500 ( & BC Graduate Student Scholarship – $15,000 (! Kelsey’s research explores ways to promote perinatal well-being of northern and Indigenous young people as they navigate pregnancy to parenting journeys in northern BC. This summer she will be doing land- and story-based interviews …

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March 15, 2022

HARC Facilitates Event as Part of ‘Ut’loo Noye Khunni ~ Weaving Words Celebration’s Festival Sampler

The HARC held a wonderful event as part of the ‘Ut’loo Noye Khunni ~ Weaving Words Celebration’s Festival. The event, titled Elders of the Future AN INDIGENOUS-LED STORYTELLING AND ART MAKING WORKSHOP THAT EXPLORES THEMES OF HEALTH EQUITY ACROSS GENERATIONS (please see the attached poster for additional details) and facilitated by Katrina Plamondon and Laura McNab-Coombs, was an incredible success!   We had 23 participants, from nurses to medical students, …

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March 14, 2022

The HARC Participates in UNBC Research Week Conference

The HARC team recently contributed a poster presentation at the University of Northern British Columbia’s ‘Research Week 2022’ conference in a session that focussed on rural health equity. The poster presentation provided a snapshot of some of HARC’s achievements over the past 3 years. Please click on the photo below for a copy of the poster!  

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March 11, 2022

HARC director Launches Latest Book of Poetry, Lot

HARC director, Sarah de Leeuw launched her latest book of poetry, Lot, to an engaged audience of 71 participants, in an Elder-opened event that featured past and present HARC researchers, artists, and trainees. To watch the entire event, please click on this link .

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February 23, 2022

Paghabi ng Kultura: Weaving Culture, Misty Rivers Community Arts Centre Gallery

HARC contributor and Health Sciences PhD student, Christine Añonuevo, recently set up a fibre arts exhibit at the Misty Rivers Community Arts Centre Gallery!   About the exhibit: In this solo exhibit, Christine connects sensorial memories of being a child to her parent’s homeland of the Philippines. Her mother was one of the first diasporic Filipina women to settle in Penticton in the late 1960s. Growing up in the Okanagan …

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February 8, 2022

Quill Dyeing Workshop

The HARC recently hosted an event for health and medical students at the University of Northern British Columbia and the College of New Caledonia to discuss racism in healthcare while participating in a creative, quill dyeing art activity! The activity was a great success as can be seen from the photos below. Thanks to everyone who participated in this workshop!

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January 24, 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 new 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 …

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December 16, 2021

HARC Presentation at the Showcase Series: Prince George

On December 14th, 2021, HARC partook in a showcase about health and medical research out of Prince George. Hosted by Life Sciences BC and Michael Smith Health Research BC, the first presenter (Dr. Sarah de Leeuw) offered an overview of health humanities. The presentation linked the exciting discipline of health humanities to work specifically in and for Northern BC. Please see the video below for a recording of the presentation. …

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November 28, 2021

All Eyes On Witsuwit’en

Current and past HARC contributors, Christine Anonuevo and Vanessa Sloan Morgan, worked on a document which is now publicly available titled All Eyes on Witsuwit’en. This document is intended to be used as an educational resource for those interested in learning more about the complex relationship between ‘Canada’ and the Witsuwit’en Nation which is largely defined by colonial power dynamics. To access this document, please click on the photo below.  

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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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