British Columbia Initiatives

Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Burnaby now has a Centre for Policy Studies on Culture and Communities in its School of Communications. The Centre promotes teaching, research, and public outreach on cultural politics, policy and planning in communities from the local to the global, with a focus on how these contribute to sustainability and to an inclusive society.

‘Chronic Pain in Focus’ is a 21-day therapeutic photography project for people who live with chronic pain and/or chronic illness. Photography can be incredibly healing for those of us with chronic pain/illness. This course takes place online in a CLOSED Facebook group. Each day a photo prompt is posted, related to pain/illness, with an explanation of how to approach each topic. Sample prompts include: acceptance, gratitude, pain toolkit, goals.

 The Circles of Understanding project brought together First Nations youth and elders in Vancouver to create a brochure, banners, a website and teaching resources around the impact of Indian residential schools. These materials are also used for public education and in workshops within the VPD for their cadet training. The stories of survivors of Indian Residential Schools are not easily shared.  However, we know that an essential aspect of the healing process is for long-held secrets to be revealed.  

To promote World Hand Hygiene Day (May 5) Clean Shots was a competition between all health authorities in BC to increase awareness for hand hygiene by asking staff to take "selfies", "friendies" or "photo bombs" while cleaning their hands. Purpose: To promote hand hygiene among hospital staff.  Participants: All hospital staff, students, & volunteers.  Outcomes: Staff feedback was excellent and in the first year (2014) were over 1,000 photographs submitted. As of 2015 the contest has gone national!

It has been estimated that in Canada, half of all women have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16. [1] Comics with a Cause is a small team of artists and advocates based out of Vancouver with a mission to use comics and storytelling to spread awareness of sexual assault and violence.

Leigh Square Community Arts Village encourages and facilitates community development through arts, culture and heritage within Port Coquitlam, and serves as a cultural meeting place, a 21st century community arts centre. Leigh Square partners with local organizations to provide quality, low cost, accessible arts & culture programs for the community.

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