ECU's 15 Most-Read Stories in 2021

Top Stories2021

By Perrin Grauer

Posted on December 20, 2021 | Updated January 04, 2022, 2:55PM

In a year that followed one of the strangest and most gruelling in a generation, your favourite stories focused on themes of community, empowerment and resilience.

This list is just a small sample of the work ECU publishes week in, week out, all year long.

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And a resounding THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to read about our truly exceptional community this year. Happy new year; we’ll look forward to seeing you in 2022.

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The fight to save Vancouver Island’s ancient trees reveals an existential conflict that must be resolved to foster hope for a better future, says the Two Spirit artist. READ THE STORY


The gorgeously hand-rendered animated short has been piling up official accolades while winning Catelyne an internship. READ THE STORY ➼

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The work of the writer, educator, researcher and 2021 Emily Carr University Honorary Doctorate recipient focuses on Indigenous social thought, and the ways it can be “engaged to create more fair and just social policy, more meaningful social movements, and robust approaches to decolonization.” READ THE STORY ➼

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“Land-based” design and teaching emphasize local histories, relationships to place, and Indigenous sovereignty. READ THE STORY ➼

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On the occasion of his first solo exhibition, the iconoclastic artist reflects on his deep, defiant art practice and his journey to becoming a student at ECU. READ THE STORY ➼

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Although the world has slowed down, creativity has not. Arts education, delivered through innovative formats, is fostering resilience and building real-world skills for youth.

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The multidisciplinary artist, curator and educator brings her monumental work into dialogue with BIPOC artists from across the Lower Mainland in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Vancouver Special exhibition. READ THE STORY ➼

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The internship, which was made available through the Mitacs Business Strategy Internship program, will see Lia working on the award-winning animated PBS Kids series, Molly of Denali. READ THE STORY ➼

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‘My motivation to finish my project and degree was fuelled by my desire for Black people like me to thrive,’ says the artist, designer and recent ECU Master of Design grad. READ THE STORY ➼

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Ramon Tejada and Eugenie Cheon on opening up design practice to messiness, uncertainty and diverse ways of knowing. READ THE STORY ➼

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The disability and social practice artist is creating the change she wants to see at ECU.

Carleen Thomas appointed Chancellor of Emily Carr University

“I am honoured to have been asked to become the Chancellor of Emily Carr University,” Ms. Thomas, currently the Special Projects Manager for the Treaty, Lands and Resources department at the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and the first Indigenous person to hold the position of Chancellor at ECU, said at the time. “I’m passionate about education, as a former teacher and a life-long learner. I look forward to taking on this important role and working with the university’s remarkable students, staff and faculty.” READ THE STORY ➼


Students got an opportunity to take a design from blue-sky to retail over the course of a semester. READ THE STORY ➼

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The artist and ECU illustration student was one of a half dozen working through 2020 to bring an immersive look at Vancouver’s Chinatown to life. READ THE STORY ➼

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“Everybody deserves their story to be told,” says the Seattle-based designer, researcher and ECU faculty member. READ THE STORY ➼

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