Recent Work

September 15, 2021

Prince George PRIDE event supported by HARC was a Success

The Health Arts Research Centre was honoured to support an amazing, giant mural project which took place on Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Prince George in celebration of the LGBTQIA2S+ community. While churches have been dangerous and fearful places for those who identify as LGBTQIA2S+, this mural is a means of re-claiming this space as one which can promote healing and healthy relationships. As part of the Pride Car Rally …

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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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July 28, 2021

Anti-colonial Healthcare in a Box Project

The Health Arts Research Centre (HARC) will be producing and distributing a visually engaging, low-barrier, and inviting learning experience entitled “Anti-Colonial Healthcare in a Box.” HARC is very thankful to our project partners at www.youneedthisbox.ca . HARC is also grateful for a generous financial contribution from UBC’s Anti-Racism Initiatives Fund. This contribution allows us in Northern BC to support learners in health professions, medical students, and practicing clinicians across the …

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July 27, 2021

HARC Research Manager Receives Telus Storyhive Film Making Grant

Congratulations to HARC Research Manager, Marion Erickson, on receiving the Telus Storyhive Film Making Grant! Marion’s Project may be featured on TELUS Optik TV On Demand, TELUS websites, the STORYHIVE website and other TELUS branded websites or social media platforms. Marion’s Project may also be featured on Air Canada’s Inflight Entertainment System. Please hit the like button on our page to stay updated! More information about TELUS Storyhive can be …

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July 19, 2021

Land-Based Healing Wellness Program

HARC is pleased to be supporting more wildcrafting and medicine making programs offered by The College of New Caledonia! Some of the planned activities include learning about the traditional land stewardship and ethical gathering of plant medicines, making a simple drying rack and gathering plant medicines. These programs are based at the Fort St James Campus. Participants must be 15 years of age or older, and be able to walk …

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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 10, 2021

“Land-Based Healing” Wellness Programming

The College of New Caledonia (Nechako) is pleased to offer two “Land-Based Literacy” wildcrafting and medicine-making programs in July/August and September/October. Funding for this programming is made available through funding from Decoda Literacy and the Health Arts Research Centre (UNBC). Some of the planned activities include learning about traditional land stewardship and ethical gathering, and gathering and making plant medicines. Planned projects* include: plant medicine salve/oil, health tea/beverages, floral jelly …

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June 4, 2021

HARC Contributor Presents at Canadian Association of Health Humanities Conference

HARC contributor, Darian Goldin Stahl, presented at the Canadian Association of Health Humanities Conference, Creating Space 11, held in April 2021. The presentation covered Darian’s Research Creation Dissertation titled Book as Body: The Meaning-Making of Artists’ Books in the Health Humanities.  Please click on the video below to watch Darion’s full presentation. Amazing work, Darian!

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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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May 13, 2021

Pandemic-proof cancer screening; Using HPV self-screening to put cervix screening into the hands of First Nations and Métis communities in the North

HARC Research Manager, Marion Erickson, presented at a recent session called Pandemic-proof cancer screening; Using HPV self-screening to put cervix screening into the hands of First Nations and Métis communities in the North put on by UBC Learning Circle. During the session, presenters spoke to three HPV self-collection projects currently underway in Northern BC that are working to increase cervical cancer screening which are reducing barriers and supporting community members …

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May 12, 2021

HARC Research Manager Receives BC NEIHR Master’s Scholarship

The Health Arts Research Centre is pleased to announce that HARC Research Manager and UNBC Alumni Marion Erickson is a recipient of the BC Network Environment for Indigenous Health Research (BC NEIHR) Masters Scholarship. Marion’s Research focus is on revitalizing Dakelh midwifery through a Dakelh Doula training curriculum for the purpose of enhancing perinatal health outcomes in a predominately rural Indigenous nation. The BC NEIHR Master’s Scholarship program aims to help …

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May 5, 2021

Our Medicines: A Cultural Humility Workshop for Healthcare Practitioners

With thanks and appreciation to the Elders, the Neyu team, the organizing team, and all the participants, we are proud to share that HARC’s accredited Cultural Humility Workshop for healthcare practitioners, “Our Medicines”, was a success. Twenty-nine participants from a variety of health care backgrounds took part in the informative and inspiring workshop facilitated in collaboration with Neyu Team, Guy and Ruby Prince and Two Rivers Gallery. In addition to learning more about the need to …

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May 3, 2021

HARC Contributor Receives Canada Graduate Scholarship Master’s Award

Congratulations to HARC contributor and UNBC Interdisciplinary Studies Master’s student, Katya Korol, for receiving a CIHR-funded, Canada Graduate Scholarship Master’s-level award. Katya’s research focuses on the health-related experiences experiences of those engaging with food sovereignty and Indigenous food sovereignty in colonial northern British Columbia. For more information about Katya’s scholarship, please visit https://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/PG-CS/CGSM-BESCM_eng.asp.  

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HARC Contributor and Postdoctoral Researcher Lands Tenure-Track Position

The HARC team would like to congratulate Vanessa Sloan Morgan, HARC team member and postdoctoral researcher, who is leaving us for a tenure-track faculty position at UBC Okanagan. Vanessa’s position is in Political Ecology and Critical Human Geography in UBCO’s Department of Community, Culture, and Global Studies. Congratulations, Vanessa! The HARC team will miss you!

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April 20, 2021

HARC Research Manager Interviewed on ATPN News

HARC Research Manager Marion Erickson, a Dakelh researcher and graduate student at Thompson Rivers University studying Dakelh midwifery, recently spoke about barriers faced by Indigenous women accessing health services. In the interview, Erickson tackled the colonial violence of forced and coerced sterilization in Canada, a part of the country’s active suppression of Indigenous people. Erickson, who is working on revitalizing doula knowledges, midwifery practices, and Indigenous knowledges around birth and …

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Educating Medical Students’ ‘Hearts and Minds’: A Humanities-Informed Cultural Immersion Program in Indigenous Experiential Community Learning

The HARC team is thrilled about the recent, open-access publication of: “Educating Medical Students’ ‘Hearts and Minds’: A Humanities-Informed Cultural Immersion Program in Indigenous Experiential Community Learning” in the International Journal of Indigenous Health. This health-humanities-focused research publication is the result of the work of many HARC contributors and partners, and can serve as a resource for medical education programs considering initiatives which leverage experiential pedagogies and humanities-informed approaches to …

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March 30, 2021

Dakelh Language Lessons for Healthcare Practitioners

The HARC will be hosting Dakelh Language Lessons for Healthcare Practitioners and Dakelh Language Learners in May 2021! If interested, please direct your questions to Marion Erickson <Marion.Erickson@unbc.ca> and register through this google form.    

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March 19, 2021

Beauty and the Bush Wellness Programming

The HARC is thrilled to be supporting a project in the Nechako region put on by the College of New Caledonia. The project is called “Beauty and the Bush” and it involves wildcrafting and plant medicine-making taking place in April-June 2021! Please click on the photo below to access a PDF document with more information and stayed tuned to our website and social media pages for project updates!     …

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February 26, 2021

Upcoming UNBC Research Week Presentation by Marion Erickson

Our HARC Research Manager, Marion Erickson, will be presenting on March 2nd between 11:30am–12:45pm along with other folks from the UNBC community at UNBC’s 2021 Research Week. Marion’s presentation will be included in the section entitled: “Research Outreach during the Pandemic with UNBC Research Ambassadors: Zach Fleck, Ann Duong, Jenna Burke, Alexandra Winkel”. Presentation topics in this section include: Health economics, Dakleh midwifery, rural nursing, and inclusion through physical activity. …

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