Langara College’s new Reconciliation Carving Series began in 2016 in the most appropriate form: a feast. Opening a conversation with a feast is a well-known First Nations cultural tradition. It is a vehicle for participants to not only nourish oneself, but to get to know one another before embarking on the work of the day. Much in the same way, the series aims to feed students’ minds through exploration, discussions, and art creation.
The series is a community-based collaboration between Langara’s Aboriginal Studies and Fine Arts programs, and is comprised of two carving courses and an applied research course. Students have individual projects, but also work collaboratively on a group project to create two Coast Salish house panels that will be presented to Langara upon completion. The panels will honour the children of Indian residential schools and the murdered and missing women throughout Canada.
The Reconciliation Carving Series was highly anticipated by the Langara community. Langara was recently honoured with a Musqueam name, which means House of Teachings. The name was given by the Musqueam in January 2016 as Langara is located on the unceded traditional territory of the Musqueam First Nation.
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