With Respect to Change TRACKS Symposium Report
Vancouver Moving Theatre, 2015
TRACKS was a six-day national symposium in Canada in the spring of 2015 that brought together community-engaged indigenous and settler/immigrant artists for dialogue and exchange of diverse perspectives on our work as we each respond to questions of how we navigate the challenges of creating art in the complex and continuing shadow of colonialism. TRACKS was hosted by two BC communities. It began with three days in Vancouver on Coast Salish Territory, followed by three days in Enderby on BC/Secwepemul'ecw Territory.
I was one of two rapporteurs for the symposium, along with my colleague Kwasuun Vedan, who is from the Cree, Ojibwa, Saulteux and Secwepmec Nations and is Artistic Associate at Full Circle: First Nations Performance, based in Vancouver. Savannah Walling of Vancouver Moving Theatre, on behalf of the TRACKS symposium organizing family, invited Kwasuun and me to share the role of rapporteur so that we might bring our two different worldviews to reflecting on the symposium.
To download my report, "With Respect to Change" Click here.
Report on The Downtown Eastside Arts4All Institute
Vancouver Moving Theatre, 2009
Click here to read my rapporteur's chronicle of the first Downtown Eastside Arts4All Institute in Vancouver that took place in 2009. Twenty participants spent a week learning about the philosophical principles and the nuts and bolts practices of community-engaged art.