I Like Your Status | Aboriginal Gathering Place
Our Aboriginal students are the heart and soul of the Aboriginal Gathering Place (AGP) and we are grateful for Emily Carr’s commitment to establish a strong and inclusive voice at the university.
Aboriginal art forms are vital expressions of our cultural identity and are continually shifting between traditional and contemporary representation and re-interpretation.
Emily Carr’s educational philosophy provides a foundation for our students to utilize their intellectual and creative capital for social engagement and we promote Indigenous perspectives as critical solutions for global challenges.
We also continue to focus on Aboriginal recruitment and are anticipating a significant increase in our Aboriginal student numbers in September 2012.
Governor General’s Award recipient and one of Canada’s most distinguished Aboriginal filmmakers Alanis Obomsawin (Abenaki Nation) led a Master Class in documentary filmmaking hosted in our AGP on March 6, 2012. The event was also open to the public and it was an overwhelming success with standing room only.
We have an extremely busy summer scheduled in the AGP.
The AGP and Continuing Studies are the successful recipients of a grant titled Urban Access to Aboriginal Art from the Aboriginal Arts Development Awards. The four week program blends studio instruction with cultural studies. The program will run in July and will bring together fifteen Aboriginal participants to learn five traditional forms of art, carving, drum making, cedar basketry, beadwork and moose/caribou hair tufting.
Continuing Studies is also hosting another Aboriginal Summer Teen Institute in July.
Foundation student Lou-anne Neel has been selected by the Aboriginal RCMP to design and paint a logo on their new clipper canoe for their annual Aboriginal Youth Canoe Journey. The 29 foot canoe will be housed in the AGP during the first two weeks in May when Lou-anne will be applying her design.
MAA candidate Luke Parnell with be completing his nine foot totem pole in the AGP in May and June and we are anticipating having a pole raising celebration in September.
My position as the Aboriginal Program Manager is diverse. I will be immersed in the forests (or lingering around logging sorting grounds) in May trying to replenish my cedar bark supply and will be in my kitchen in June dying caribou hair and preparing deer hide for the various programs.
Aboriginal Program Manager