Indigenous Art Intensive

This month-long residency gathers students, artists, curators, writers and scholars to engage in contemporary ideas and discourse—a place for new ideas rooted in Indigenous art-making.

Zine making workshop

UBC Okanagan’s Indigenous Art Intensive offers an educational series of courses, lectures, art shows, and opportunities to create art. It features a series of world-renowned speakers, a variety of related undergraduate and graduate credit courses, and a group of resident artists who will be working to create a new body of work.

The 2022 Indigenous Art Intensive is being planned as an in-person program.

Keynote presenters will be Steven Loft, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, and Tracy Kim Bonneau, with visiting artists Kablusiak, Lisa Myers, Csetkwe Fortier, Charlene Vickers, Charlene Vickers, Carola Jones, Manuel Axel Strain, and Meagan Musseau.

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Courses – May to June, 2022

Alongside the intensive residency, FCCS is offering additional courses in visual art, creative writing, and Indigenous studies. These will run in conjunction with the Indigenous Intensive with varying degrees of crossover, providing students the opportunity to connect with the keynote speakers and the resident artists. All courses are offered in Term 1, May 16 to Jun 22, 2022.

CRWR 470 | Portfolio

Instructor: Troy Sebastian

Intensive manuscript production in one or two major genres: fiction, poetry, drama, or creative non-fiction.

Troy Sebastian |nupqu ʔak·ǂam̓ is a writer from the Ktunaxa community of ʔaq̓am. He is a doctoral student, Vanier Scholar and Sessional Instructor in the University of Victoria’s Department of Writing. His story tax niʔ pikak̓— a long time ago– was longlisted for the 2018 CBC Short Story Prize and the 2019 Writers’ Trust Journey Prize. In 2020 he was selected as a Writer’s Trust Rising Star and was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize. He has published with The Walrus, The Malahat Review, The Globe and Mail and Prairie Fire. He is represented by Rachel Letofsky at CookeMcDermid.

CULT 350/ENGL 387 | Indigenous Literature

Instructor: Kerrie Charnley

An introduction to Indigenous Peoples’ intellectual traditions, including the Oral Tradition, with attention to Indigenous Peoples’ cosmologies and realities, through course readings written and voiced by Indigenous People who are intellectuals, scholars, scientists, novelists, journalists, Knowledge Keepers, and artists

Kerrie CharnleyDr. Kerrie Charnley has a PhD in Language and Literacy Education from the University of British Columbia. She is Coast Salish from Katzie First Nation and over the past 17 years has taught courses in Indigenous Education, Literature, and Health at UBC, SFU, and the Institute for Indigenous Governance (NVIT).

Course TBC

THTR 302 | Indigenous Performance

Instructor: Mariel Belanger

Indigenous performance training methods in movement, dance, singing, and storytelling that connect Indigenous Peoples to their homelands and ancestral territories. The interrelation of community, ecology, language, and culture will be explored under the expert guidance of an Indigenous instructor and the mentorship of guest Indigenous artists and Elders.

Mariel BelangerMariel Belanger spent the last 30 years devising a life with sqilxw ‘of the land’ self-directed digital performance art to revise history. Applying lived experience to her scholarship as PhD student at Queens University in sqilxw worlding and continuing in Indigenous Performance Theory, Mariel unsettles history through photography, poetry, personal genealogy and attachment to place, reviving and reclaiming ancient technology of weaving architecture as self-governance, sustainability and our responsibilities to tim– all of life’s creation.

VISA 460/520 | Indigenous Praxis

Instructor: Tania Willard

Multidisciplinary seminar dealing with various approaches and issues in contemporary creative praxis as relating to the disciplines of Visual Arts, Indigenous Studies, Media Arts, Creative Writing, and Performance. Students will be expected to develop creative work and/or a written reflective text or performance.

Tania WillardTania Willard, of Secwépemc and settler heritage, works within the shifting ideas around contemporary and traditional, often working with bodies of knowledge and skills that are conceptually linked to her interest in intersections between Aboriginal and other cultures. Public Art projects include, Rule of the Trees, a public art project at Commercial Broadway sky train station, in Vancouver BC and If the Drumming Stops, with artist Peter Morin, on the lands of the Papaschase First Nation in Edmonton, AB. Willard’s ongoing collaborative project BUSH gallery, is a conceptual land-based gallery grounded in Indigenous knowledges and relational art practices.



The program is open to UBC students, students from other universities and those who have a previous university degree.

Indigenous Art Intensive  Program

The Indigenous Art Intensive features a series of world-renowned speakers, a variety of related undergraduate and graduate credit courses, and a group of resident artists who will be working to create new works.

Indigenous Art Intensive, Keynote presentations and artist panels

Visiting artists will participated in a series of keynote presentations and artist panels once a week throughout May and June. For more information on the keynote presentations, panel discussions and other events, please visit our events listings on the Intensive Blog. Details on the 2022 program will be shared when available.


  • Elder, Richard Armstrong

    Elder Richard Armstrong, Summer Intensive 2016

  • Zine workshop, 2019

    Zine making workshop, Summer Intensive, 2019

  • WIR

    Writer in Residence, Richard Van Camp, Summer Intensive 2018

  • Woven Together

    Woven Together Artist Panel, Summer Intensive 2018