Assistant Professor Dr. Sarah de Leeuw from the UNBC Faculty of Medicine returned to Nak’azdli last week to bring some art to the community.
De Leeuw is part of a research project into the role of art in health, well-being and community.
The art workshops have been coming to Fort St. James and Nak’azdli for a few years now. This summer, there will be another free workshop this week on July 25 at Kwah Hall as well.
Part of the program’s goal is also to allowyoung medical students to come out and visit rural First Nations communities.
During last Wednesday’s session, there were a number of opportunities for participants to try out different art techniques.
One station allowed people to try melting crayons with a hair dryer over a canvas to give different effects.
“It was great, there was a lot of youth today,” said de Leeuw.
While the youth participants can not be part of the research unless their parents are there to sign releases, she was still happy to see them out doing art.
“It’s totally great to just have 20 youth wandering around making art,” she said.
The art workshops are only being offered at Nak’azdli at the moment, because Nak’azdli had asked de Leeuw back after the initial study.
“This is a pretty welcoming community,” she said.
De Leeuw said researchers are still hoping to take the workshops to some other First Nations communities such as Hartley Bay and First Nations groups in Prince George, however.