Indigenous artwork will be on display at the BC Cancer Agency Centre for the North.
Each of the 6 Cancer Centers in the province will have Indigenous art as a reflection of the need to recognize and welcome Indigenous cancer patients.
“When we engaged with Indigenous cancer patients, they felt that the centres—although physically nice— it wasn’t a welcoming environment,” says Preston Guno, the Provincial Director of Indigenous Cancer. “They didn’t feel Indigenous people were welcome or were noticed here. So this really is going to reach out to the people to say that we are aware of First Nations and Indigenous people, and we are a welcoming centre.”
Clayton Gauthier is a Cree and Dakelh Artist. His painting depicts a drummer with a bear and an eagle. Gauthier is carving a 6 ft red cedar sculpture of the painting, with help from students at John McInnis School. It will be on display at the Cancer Centre in the coming weeks.
Lisa Shepherd is a Metis Artisan who has also created a work of art for not only the Cancer Centre for the North, but also the Centers in Victoria and Vancouver. Her piece is called “Walking softly on the land wrapped in the strength of our Ancestors”.