MAK­ING INDIGE­NOUS SPA­CES IN AND OUT OF CLASS

Say Magazine - - ART -

When the Syra­cuse stu­dents ar­rive, Hod­son hopes their pro­fes­sors will reach out to her so she can sug­gest ways to bet­ter in­cor­po­rate Indige­nous voices, cul­ture and knowl­edge into their classes.

How­ever, Hod­son’s work goes well be­yond one ex­change pro­gram. She al­ready works ex­ten­sively with will­ing in­struc­tors across the univer­sity to im­prove the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Indige­nous peo­ple in cur­ric­ula. She some­times makes knowl­edge-re­lated sug­ges­tions, such as read­ings or guest speak­ers, and/or process-re­lated sug­ges­tions, such as al­low­ing stu­dents to in­cor­po­rate lived ex­pe­ri­ence into as­sign­ments.

Hod­son says there is room to make space for Indige­nous peo­ple and ways of know­ing with­out sac­ri­fic­ing aca­demic rigour, re­gard­less the field of study. “Indige­nous stu­dents go to school to help our peo­ple in ways that we can, so whether that’s through physics, so­cial work or mu­sic, there’s a place for their cul­ture within that study,” says Hod­son.

Lau­rier of­fers a va­ri­ety of Indige­nous Ini­tia­tives and Ser­vices on the Brant­ford and Water­loo cam­puses, in­clud­ing aca­demic and per­sonal coun­selling, vis­it­ing el­ders, Indige­nous peer men­tors, com­mu­nity gar­dens, and ac­cess to smudg­ing and tra­di­tional medicines. Syra­cuse also has re­sources and ser­vices in place to help sup­port Indige­nous stu­dents.

Indige­nous stu­dents from any fac­ulty in­ter­ested in ap­ply­ing for the ex­change pro­gram should con­tact Kevin Spooner at kspooner@wlu.ca or Lucy Luc­cisano at lluc­cisano@wlu.ca for more in­for­ma­tion.

Colours/Couleurs pri­maires by artists and oth­ers who work in the Cana­dian art sys­tem.

Chris Creighton-Kelly, co-di­rec­tor of Pri­mary Colours/Couleurs pri­maires, said, “We are gen­uinely de­lighted to of­fer this award to Jade - an artist who is just be­gin­ning to be rec­og­nized for her im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tions, both as an artist and as a cu­ra­tor.”

Car­pen­ter is very ac­tive in Cal­gary’s art scene. She is a core mem­ber of Oci­ci­wan Con­tem­po­rary Art Col­lec­tive and sits on the board of di­rec­tors for Stride Gallery. She holds a diploma in Fine Art from Grant MacEwan Univer­sity and earned a Bach­e­lor in Fine Arts from the Al­berta Col­lege of Art and De­sign in 2016. In 2017, she was awarded the Al­berta Foun­da­tion for the Arts Young Artist Prize and was fea­tured in the Sum­mer 2017 is­sue of Inuit Art Quar­terly.

In au­tumn 2018 Car­pen­ter will be part of the cu­ra­to­rial team for the Win­nipeg Art Gallery’s new Inuit Art Cen­tre. She will be­gin ad­min­is­trat­ing and cu­rat­ing in prepa­ra­tion for the cen­tre’s open­ing in 2020.

Car­pen­ter uses art and hu­mour as a cop­ing mech­a­nism to sub­tly ad­dress cul­tural dis­place­ment and to openly ad­dress men­tal ill­ness; the light­hearted na­ture of her prac­tice ex­tends ges­tures of em­pa­thy and sol­i­dar­ity. Th­ese in­ter­ests in­vite a re­con­sid­er­a­tion of the per­cep­tions of con­tem­po­rary Indi­gene­ity and counter the stig­ma­tism sur­round­ing men­tal health.

“Jade is an out­stand­ing fig­ure among a new gen­er­a­tion of tal­ented and pro­lific Indige­nous artists. Both in her vis­ual art prac­tice and her writ­ing, Jade ex­hibits crit­i­cal in­sight com­bined with an in­spired wit,” said France Tré­panier, co-di­rec­tor of Pri­mary Colours/Couleurs pri­maires.

Pri­mary Colours/Couleurs pri­maires (PC/Cp) is a na­tional, bilin­gual, in­ter­gen­er­a­tional 3-year ini­tia­tive de­signed to place Indige­nous arts at the cen­ter of the Cana­dian art sys­tem. PC/Cp also as­serts that art prac­tices by peo­ple of colour play a crit­i­cal role in imag­in­ing Canada’s fu­ture(s). In Septem­ber 2017, PC/Cp hosted a gath­er­ing on Lek­wun­gen ter­ri­tory near Vic­to­ria, BC. This ini­tia­tive is co-di­rected by Chris Creighton-Kelly and France Tré­panier.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit pri­mary-colours.ca.

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