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Response is an educational program created by the Presentation House Gallery in partnership with First Nations Student Services at Capilano University, North Vancouver.


The program incites ways of 'responding' artistically to current and historical representations of indigenous cultures. Using an inclusive and alternative pedagogical framework, Response events include hands-on workshops, talks and discussions led by guest artists, writers and educators. The Response program thus aims to provide participants with knowledge to independently and critically express themselves, while examining art within a broader context of indigenous socio-political realities.


Following a series of workshops, talks and discussions held at Capilano University throughout 2014-2015, the program will culminate in a publication, the Response Book: Weaving Histories. 


Response events are facilitated by the First Nations Student Liaison at Capilano University, Clay Little, and the Education Coordinator at the Presentation House Gallery, Sydney Hart.


The Response Book: Call for Text and Images!


* Please note: this call is open only to individuals of Indigenous descent (status, non-status, Métis or Inuit) over 18 living in the Lower Mainland, BC


Inspired by the Witness Blanket recently hosted by Capilano University, the Response Book aims to present text and images, which will collectively present a "patchwork" exploring shared experiences as well as the potentials of collectively responding to the Indian Residential School System (IRSS) and its continuing legacy.


Please send in up to three print-ready photographic images, and/or a text of up to 1000 words. These should relate, directly or indirectly, to the Indian Residential School System and its legacy.


Each contributor will receive a copy of the Book as well as $100 per selected text OR image contribution, and $150 per text AND image contribution. 


The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 8 April (extended from Wednesday 1 April)!


More info here.




Coverage in Your Daily Cap! Read the article about our event with Tarah Hogue and Reg Johanson, as well as some context on the Response program here