May 28th, 2017 | 10am to 4pm
As part of the Resurgence Project, the Art Farm is hosting a full-day workshop that will be facilitated by IndigenEYEZ, a Vancouver-based organization committed to transforming communities through youth empowerment.
The session will focus on strengthening our four essential relationships: with self, with others, with nature, and with culture. IndigenEYEZ uses a holistic approach that engages the heart and the mind. They draw on the land and the awareness that nature offers, to enhance our senses and intuitions. They encourage communities to explore their own cultures and to think deeply about what traditional values mean in the contemporary world.
For Youth and Adults
IndigenEYEZ workshops provide a learning experience that brings creativity and the arts together with culture and on-the-land activities. The facilitators are trained to create a safe and welcoming space for all participants. Building a strong sense of community is central to the program.
- First and foremost—have fun together!
- Connect deeply with other youth and adults
- Explore Indigenous worldviews and support a positive identity
- Learn skills like collaboration, goal setting, conflict resolution, and reflection
- Explore the world, find your voice, and engage in constructive self-expression
- Develop a sense of purpose and become a leader in your own community
IndigenEYEZ workshops provide a compassionate and encouraging environment where people thrive. Each participant is shown respect and supported to be their best selves.
Sunshine Coast Arts Centre
5714 Medusa St.,
Sunday, May 28th
10am to 4pm
(with lunch break)
Facilitator – Molly Billows
Molly Billows is a feminist queer Indigenous person from the Xwémalhkwu (Homalco) Nation who resides on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh. She attended UBC’s Global Resource Systems Program in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, focusing on Indigenous Peoples and Land Health. She has worked extensively with youth through the Culturally Relevant Urban Wellness Program (CRUW), the Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA), Access to Media Education Society (AMES), IndigenEYEZ, Power of Hope and more.
She is a talented spoken word artist and is renowned for her performances calling for awareness of power, privilege, and true acknowledgement of territory. She performs at community venues, schools, and events such as Vancouver’s Poetry Slam, Talking Stick Festival, The Cultch, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Bill Reid Art Gallery. She is a talented poet, writer, and creative facilitator, committed to sharing her knowledge through art, culture, and community.
The Resurgence Project
Resurgence is a youth-led project that involves the creative exploration of cultural re-awakening. The project is a collaboration between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples on the Sunshine Coast, and includes professional artists, emerging artists (youth), indigenous facilitators, and children.
As part of their exploration process, artists will undergo a community engagement process that involves facilitating children’s and youth workshops. They will also produce a public art installation. The entire project will be documented and a short film will be produced.
Everyone has a story to tell and there has been a resurgence of the need to tell these stories. As Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission showcased, telling stories—even painful ones—is essential to our health as a country, as a culture, as a community, and as a person. Indigenous cultures have carried the torch of storytelling, even throughout challenging times. They teach us that we must never stop telling our own personal stories.
Through the use of creative mediums—and with the support of indigenous artists, facilitators and story-tellers—we hope to inspire participants to tell their personal stories and open up the meaning of resurgence to youth. How do people tell stories when they have never had the experience of a drum circle or elders sharing stories from their past? Story is in our DNA – we only need to explore and play to set it free.