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Māori educators at summer intensive
Māori educators at summer intensive

The UBCO Summer Indigenous Intensive is pleased to host world-renowned Māori educators and critical thinkers Linda Tuhiwai Smith and Graham Hingangaroa Smith. As authors and university academics, both Linda and Graham have been forceful influences both on Māori education within Aotearoa/New Zealand and on Indigenous and progressive educational practices globally. Both will…

Land, Land, Forever: Annie Ross exhibition
Land, Land, Forever: Annie Ross exhibition

Closing Event  • Friday July 21, 2017 @ 6-9pm • Studio 111 LAND, LAND, FOREVER (RELATIVE, RELATIONSHIP, REMEDIATION) paintings by annie ross from O’Kinadas Kelowna (Grizzly Bear Walk) Please bring a personal haiku, about your research and creation, to share aloud. Relative: all living Beings are related to all living…

Alex Janvier, in residence
Alex Janvier, in residence

We are pleased to host world-renowned painter Alex Janvier during the 2017 Summer Indigenous Intensive. Alex will be working in the FINA Gallery (Creative end Critical Studies Building, UBCO campus) from July 13-28. The gallery will be open periodically for open studio times, and there will be an exhibition of…

July 19 keynote: Shawn Wilson
July 19 keynote: Shawn Wilson

Keynote Address: 1:30 pm, Wednesday July 19, University Theatre (ADM026) Indigenous Sovereignty Indigenous sovereignty also requires the sovereignty of Indigenous knowledges in order for people to work toward building respectful relationships with others and with the environment. Ontological freedom (sovereignty) is a prerequisite to developing ways of expressing Indigenous voice…

The School of Badger – an interview with Rebecca Belmore and Lori Blondeau
The School of Badger – an interview with Rebecca Belmore and Lori Blondeau

The School of Badger was a collaborative performance intervention by Rebecca Belmore, Lori Blondeau and Adrian Stimson.  Jessie Fosty and Tomas Jonsson had the opportunity to sit with Elder Badger (Belmore) and Little Badger (Blondeau) and discuss this provacative performance.  This interview can be heard here: A statement on The School…

Home Coming: A Performance by Haruko Okano
Home Coming: A Performance by Haruko Okano

          We located ourselves within the available shade that circled the clearing where Haruko Okano’s performance space was demarcated, by a circle of red paper bags.  As we waited for the performance to begin, Camille Turner looked across to the group across the way, and remarked how…

An Interview with Tania Willard
An Interview with Tania Willard

I had the opportunity to speak to Tania Willard regarding her time at the O k’inādās residency, and her new work and research, which was presented at a Bush Gallery screening at the end of the residency. Tomas: I thought we could start by getting your reflections on the residency, as…

Process. How we work
Process. How we work

An important aspect of the O k’inādās residency is the opportunity to share knowledge and processes of creating with students in the studio courses. Special guests to Troy Twigg’s performance class, Lori Blondeau, Adrian Stimson and Rebecca Belmore offered insight into states of process, dispelling romanticized ideas of art production. …

Creating a future
Creating a future

  The fifth panel of the O k’inādās residency featured presentations by Charles Campbell, Beth LaPensee, Jackson Two Bears, Srimoyee Mitra and Michelle Lavallee. For this panel a new structure was suggested. Circling back to the guiding precept of O’kinādās of walking on the land, the organizers suggested that instead of…

What’s on for the week ahead!
What’s on for the week ahead!

This week we welcomed new arrivals Warren Cariou, Julie Okot Bitek, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Millie Chen, and returning artists and curators Cecily Nicholson and Michelle Jacques, plus another wonderful guest, Jessie Short. A full week of activities is outlined below: Monday August 8 This is the final day to see Tannis Nielsen’s…

Coming Up for Week 5
Coming Up for Week 5

Week 5 is gearing up to be full of events, meetings (scheduled and informal) and spaces for connection, conversation, and community. We have provided just a brief list of events here, but stay tuned as new spaces open up. We welcome Elisabeth LaPensee, Jackson Two Bears, Evan Lee and Camille Turner, and Srimoyee Mitra, who…

Hopping the fence: an interview with David Khang
Hopping the fence: an interview with David Khang

On Thursday I had the opportunity to have a discussion with David Khang. Our conversation began with reflection on Carmen Papalia‘s walking performance, and the panel discussion from the day before. Tomas: I liked Carmen’s point that the group walk wasn’t an empathy building exercise. It was a chance to…

Fluid Bodies: A Panel
Fluid Bodies: A Panel

Peter Morin, moderator and orator, set the tone for the afternoon by introducing the question: How do ‘bodies’ work in terms of sovereignty and territory? More than an introduction, Peter’s conversation with us asked us to acknowledge each other, to hold the words we were about to hear within us,…

Weekend In Review: A Short reflection…
As we feast we honour the land that sustains us here, in this place.

…on moments shared. Communal meals, exchanged conversations, artistic and professional debates, inspired creative thoughts, new friendships, wine and bread. All these moments topped with the gleeful, joyful chaos-making of children in the midst. This past weekend was full: triple gallery openings and a shared exhibition opening feast on the downtown…

Week Three at a Glance
A welcome by elder ad knowledge keeper Richard Armstrong

To all our honoured guests, artists, thinkers, creators, and friends. We are near the half-way mark. As we look back on a productive and exciting two weeks, we are always looking forward to what joys and possibilities will offer themselves to us in the future. Here’s a brief run-down of…

Feasts, Openings, and Artists
Feasts.

What a week!  Between brilliant panels, illuminating welcomes, lessons of the land, blind walks through downtown Kelowna, poetry readings, and arrivals and departures, the Summer Indigenous Art Intensive and the O’kinadas Residency are in full swing. Just a quick reminder about tonight: Double opening at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary…

Coming Up Next Week!
Round Table

After a highly successful first week, the O k’inādās Residency and Summer Indigenous Art Intensive are in full swing. Everyone is invited to attend discussions, events, and openings! We have compiled a short list of some of what’s coming up next week so that anyone who is interested and able…

It starts with breath
It starts with breath

The O k’inādās residency began with an in-the-round introduction of participants, facilitators and guests. Ashok Mathur and Katherine Pickering led an overview to the calendar of events -an evolving, dynamic document- as well as material and networking opportunities. The mix of practical and conceptual orientations hinted at the infinite potential to…

Indigenous Activist Art — course outline
Indigenous Activist Art — course outline

Course outline for Indigenous Activist Art, July 23 Aug 1, 2014, University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus. Indigenous Activist Art course outline July15-14 version

Greetings, Indigenous Activist Art participants
Greetings, Indigenous Activist Art participants

Greetings all,This message, is intended for those who are either registered as an undergraduate or graduate student in Indigenous Activist Art at the UBCO Summer Indigenous Intensive program (July 21 – Aug 1, 2014) , or artists-in-residence, guest artists, or visiting scholars who are attending some part of our course and artist…

Post for a final day!
Post for a final day!

So, technically, yesterday was the final day for the action-portion of rmooc! Today’s posting reflects what may be the last build of the site before we turn it toward an archive of sorts, and then see how it may transmogrify for the work to be done. We end, fittingly enough,…

Reconciliation week begins Sept 15
Reconciliation week begins Sept 15

It’s going to be an intensive week in Vancouver for reconciliation issues. Indeed, it’s already started with some exhibitions up at the Belkin, Emily Carr, and elsewhere. Reconciliation Week runs Sept 15-22, including the TRC National Gathering and a host of other events.

Technology and Reconciliation: Legacy of Indian Residential Schools
Technology and Reconciliation: Legacy of Indian Residential Schools

« Back to Events Event: Technology and Reconciliation: Legacy of Indian Residential Schools Start: September 11, 2013 10:00 am End: September 11, 2013 12:00 pm Category: UBC Events Organizer: Kathryn Berry Email: kathryn.berry@ubc.ca Updated: August 29, 2013 Venue: Video Conference and Webinar The UBC Learning Circle is an ongoing, community-driven…

Janvier Gallery opening
Janvier Gallery opening

Yes, it’s official. Alex Janvier’s gallery opened today at the new Cold Lake location on the English Bay reserve. Amazing building and site, and of course, the art that fills the space is pure genius. So much work from such a talented artist, and it’s exciting to see it inhabiting…

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