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Michelle Sound Receives 2020 Staff Excellence Award

The peer-nominated prize recognizes staff for distinguished service and tireless effort in their service to fellow community members and the university.

Michelle Sound has been named one of the inaugural recipients of the Emily Carr University Staff Excellence Awards.

The peer-nominated award was launched by ECU Human Resources in 2020 to recognize staff members who exhibit and promote the values of the university, and have demonstrated excellence in supporting their colleagues and the community.

Michelle, Program Assistant at the Aboriginal Gathering Place awarded the Staff Excellence Award for Achievement. She was commended for her contributions in Indigeneity and decolonization, community well-being, health and safety, collaboration and creativity.

Michelle was further recognized and appreciated for her work with students, colleagues, and the community in speaking out about Indigenous topics and educating those around her beyond her role requirements. In creating a welcoming and warm environment at the Aboriginal Gathering Place, Michelle’s personality, advocacy, and connections “humanizes the institution,” as one faculty member put it.

April Joy Milne, Administrative Assistant to the Dean, Design and Dynamic Media, nominated Michelle. April says Michelle’s work is central to helping make the AGP “a haven for Indigenous students to feel safe, rest, learn, and work.”

“She is warm and welcoming with students, faculty, and staff members, working cheerfully with other departments and raising the visibility of the AGP throughout the school,” April continues.

“Michelle is also always actively looking to connect Indigenous students and alumni to work opportunities.”

Full article by Perrin Grauer :

Photo by Sweetmoon Photography


COVID-19: Financial Assistance

As our community works together to meet these extraordinary challenges, we want to ensure you are aware of the programs that are available to help those facing financial hardship.Emergency bursaries for ECU students impacted by COVID-19 are available through the Emily Cares program. Scroll down to find out how to apply.

Through the Emily Cares Student Emergency Fund, the university will provide up to $200 to students in urgent financial need.

These non-repayable bursaries are to help cover essential living expenses and can provide a modest buffer while you seek additional sources of support.

Emily Cares bursaries are available for domestic and international students, whether enrolled in a degree program or a Continuing Studies Certificate program.

Learn more and apply online. 

Government Assistance for Students

Emergency Bursary Funding for BC Residents
The Province of British Columbia has made available emergency funding for both full-time and part-time, currently registered domestic students that are BC residents. This is non-repayable funding and eligibility will depend on each applicant’s unique situation. Please note that international and out of province students will not qualify for funding from this resource.

See our Emergency Bursary Funding for BC Residents page to download an application form.

Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) for Students
On April 22, 2020, the federal government announced an expansion of the CERB program to capture post-secondary students who may be struggling to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Students will be eligible for $1,250 a month from May through August
  • That sum can go up to $1,750 if the student is taking care of someone or has a disability.
  • The benefit is also available to students who have jobs but are making less than $1,000 a month.
  • Additionally, students who volunteer for the fight against COVID-19 over the summer will be paid between $1,000 and $5,000, depending on the hours they work.

Visit the federal government’s how-to page for details on when to apply, how to apply, and who is eligible.

Additional Benefits for Post-Secondary Students
On April 22, 2020, the federal government announced the following:

  • A doubling of student grants for eligible students — up to $6,000 for full-time students and up to $3,600 for part-time students.
  • Raising the maximum weekly amount that can be provided through the Canada student loans program in 2020-2021 to $350 from $210.
  • More than $75 million in additional supports for Indigenous post-secondary students.
  • Another $291 million for federal granting councils to extend expiring federal graduate research scholarships and post-doctoral fellowships and supplement existing federal research grants.

Details on how these programs will be delivered (including how to apply) will be posted as soon as they are available.

Cover Image: Surviving Covid-19, Ruth Cuthand. Beadwork

Lindsay McIntyre in Capture Photo Fest

The exhibition features outtakes from Lindsay’s films, mounted into lightboxes.

New work by Lindsay McIntyre, film artist and Assistant Professor of Film + Screen Arts at Emily Carr University, is currently collected in a solo exhibition at Marion Scott Gallery, in partnership with Capture Photography Festival.

The show, entitled Lindsay McIntyre: the tool of the tools, features outtakes from Lindsay’s films, mounted into lightboxes.

“Hands are the tool of tools,” Lindsay says in her exhibition statement.

“They represent work and time. They tell stories. They are the record of our lives. They represent guilt and things unsaid. They dismiss, threaten, summon, feed, and signal friendship and love. They are how a mother shows love to her child.”

Lindsay, who is of Inuk/settler Scottish descent, draws a line between her ongoing formal inquiries, and the particular resonance her subject holds for Inuit communities and individuals.

“For Inuit, hands and the tools they make have always been a concrete part of life,” she continues, noting how her formal concerns as a filmmaker work in concert with that textual focus.

“These film frames and extracts from a decade of film work bring to light the interplay between surface and subject, frame and content and shed light on the recurrent depiction of hands in my body of film works. Working primarily with high-contrast black and white 16mm film, these images stem from a series of motion picture works produced between 2005-2013. The bounding box of the 16mm film frame enters the picture, normally withheld from view; it sees light at last.”

In its own exhibition statement, the Marion Scott Gallery’s spotlights this ongoing, twofold inquiry — into both subject and form — in Lindsay’s work:

“Much of McIntyre’s extensive catalogue represents a parallel investigation into her personal identity and family history as well as celluloid itself, its processes and associated mechanisms—manipulating the various steps in the hand-developing process of 16mm film and being the “one-woman machine” responsible for every role behind the camera. McIntyre’s richly textured, grainy, or diaphanous imagery is more visual art than cinema, with marks and signature characteristics showing the hand of the artist as much one would expect to see in a carving or painting.”

Because of COVID-19, Marion Scott Gallery held a virtual opening for the show in early April. Lindsay notes that video tours of the exhibition are still accessible via the gallery’s Instagram. A selection of works from the show are also available for viewing on Capture Photo Festival’s website.

Full article by Perrin Grauer:

Tsēmā Igharas longlisted for Sobey Art Award

In light of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Sobey Art Foundation and the National Gallery of Canada announced changes to the Sobey Art Award program for 2020.

The award program announced on April 15, 2020 that it was cancelling the selection of a five artist shortlist, the annual shortlist exhibition, the final winner announcement gala and the International Residencies Program. This year, each of the 25 artists on the jury-selected longlist will be awarded $25,000 instead of the previous programming.

Emily Carr University alumni were among the longlist including Tsēmā Igharas (BFA 2011). “I’m in shock and incredibly honoured,” said Tsēmā. “This announcement to restructure the Sobey Art Award is a blessing to all the artists on the longlist and I am grateful to share this gift with them.”

Tsēmā’s practice uses Potlatch methodology to create conceptual artwork connecting materials to mine sites and bodies to the land. She received the Emily Award in 2018.

“Łān Mēduh (Tāłtān for much thanks) to Natasha Chaykowski for the nomination,” she continued, “I want to thank the Sobey Art Award and National Gallery of Canada for supporting the artists on this list and the arts industry in Canada. This action is a microcosm of hope and love for the arts and beyond. Congratulations to all my fellow artists on the longlist as well.”

Klatle-Bhi March 11

Aboriginal Gathering Place Speaker Series
We are very pleased to present artist Klatle-Bhi!

Please join us at the Aboriginal Gathering Place on
Wednesday, March 11 at 11:30-12:30pm

Klatle-Bhi (pronounced “Cloth-Bay”) was born in North Vancouver, British Columbia in 1966. He began his life as an artist studying the works of his ancestors featured in museums and galleries. Klatle- Bhi spent many hours with artists Beau Dick, Wayne Alfred, Wade Baker and Rick Harry, absorbing their understanding and knowledge of native culture.

In his carving, which he has evolved over 25 years, Klatle-Bhi is committed to the spiritual and cultural expression of his ancestors. Many of his carvings express his own personal and spiritual journey through life. Klatle-Bhi has developed a style of carving which is unique and distinctive. It is his goal to achieve the highest level of craftsmanship and artistry that this cultural medium will allow. He believes that his journey as an artist has just begun.

Klatle-Bhi comes from a very traditionally rooted family where his Squamish and Kwakwaka’wakw cultures are a large part of everyday life. Aside from his artwork, Klatle-bhi aspires to maintain the languages, dances and songs of his ancestors. Klatle-Bhi believes both art and culture meet on a journey into the history of his people. Klatle-Bhi has taken on several apprentices to share the knowledge and experiences passed down to him with the next generation of up and coming artists.

Meagan Musseau March 5

Aboriginal Gathering Place Speaker Series
We are very pleased to present artist Meagan Musseau!

Please join us at the Aboriginal Gathering Place on
Thursday, March 5 at 11:30-12:30pm

Meagan Musseau is a L’nu artist from the Mi’kmaq Nation. Her practice is rooted in Elmastukwek, Ktaqmkuk territory (Bay of Islands, Western Newfoundland) and extends to other areas of Mi’kma’ki and Wabanaki territory. Musseau nourishes an interdisciplinary practice by working with customary art forms and new media, such as basketry, beadwork, land-based performance, video and installation. She focuses on creating artwork, dancing, learning the Mi’kmaw language, and facilitating workshops as a way to actively participate in survivance.

Her work has been exhibited at AKA artist-run centre, Saskatoon; Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s; VOX centre de l’image contemporaine, Montreal; Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff; and Kelowna Art Gallery, among others. Her practice has been supported by numerous awards such as the Atlantic Emerging Artist (2018) and VANL-CARFAC Emerging Artist of the Year (2018), and featured in publications including Canadian Art, Border Crossings, and Visual Arts News. Musseau is working towards solo exhibitions at TRUCK Contemporary Art Gallery (Calgary 2020) and Ociciwan Contemporary Art Centre (Edmonton, 2020/21). Her solo exhibition, titled Pi’tawkewaq | our people up river, opens at Grunt Gallery (Vancouver) on March 5, 2020.

I Don’t Know Where to Find Sweetgrass


Here. Annual Aboriginal Student Exhibition

February 24 – March 4, 2020

Opening Reception – February 24 – 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Performance by Christie Lee Charles

Emily Carr University – Michael O’Brian Exhibition Commons
Respectfully , Emily Carr is located on unceded, traditional and 
ancestral territories of the Musquem, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh 

Curators: Diane Blunt, Megan Jensen, Sydney Pickering and Kelsey 


Living here. Standing here. Creating here.

This land we stand on holds many nations from many places, some of us are guests and some of us are from here. This exhibition presents a variety of work that shows our growing and continued presence in this place.

Here, is a gathering of pieces that are created from our own visions.

We are still here. 

Brenda Crabtree Featured in Dana Claxton’s New Book Series

Edited by Dana Claxton, the Northwest Coast series aims to “contribute to critical consciousness and justice for Indigenous people.”
Brenda Crabtree, Director of the Aboriginal Gathering Place and Special Advisor to the President on Indigenous Initiatives at ECU, is one of five women artists featured in a new limited-edition book series, edited by Dana Claxton.
The series of five books, published by Or Gallery, is called Northwest Coast.
Each book features a text by a Northwest Coast First Nations artist in which they “reflect on the sociopolitical context for their contemporary art practices and engagement with traditional Indigenous Northwest Coast visual culture,” according to the gallery. Images of each artist’s work accompany their texts.
In her foreword, editor Dana Claxton writes that she hopes “the words and art in these precious volumes contribute to critical consciousness and justice for Indigenous people.”
Brenda, in her edition (subtitled What Becomes of the Broken Hearted), writes with clarity and authority on the ways she sees her own material practice reaching toward some of those same goals.
“My material practice is my vehicle for political activism, bridging art, politics and history,” she writes in the book.
“I am concerned that future generations will suffer from historical amnesia and forget the atrocities endured by Aboriginal children and their families in Canada. Political art examines the complications of our history, cultural existence, and spiritual survival, and there are times when discomfort for the viewer is cathartic.”
Full article by Perrin Grauer:

Chrystos Poetry Reading

Please join us for a poetry reading by Chrystos with guests Fred Wah and Rita Wong.

Thursday, February 13 at 4pm at the Aboriginal Gathering Place
Open to the public. Limited Seating.
Bannock and tea will be served.

Chrystos  is a Menominee self-educated writer and two-spirit activist who has published various books and poems that explore indigenous Americans’s civil rights, social justice, and feminism. Chrystos is also a lecturer, writing teacher and fine-artist.
Chrystos’ awards and honors include a National Endowment for the Arts grant, the Human Rights Freedom of Expression Award, the Sappho Award of Distinction from the Astrea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, a Barbara Deming Grant, and the Audre Lorde International Poetry Competition.