In collaboration with the Centre for Wise Practices in Indigenous Health, the Wellness Team invites staff to join for the next WCH Art Circle Session on Wednesday, June 14 – a new monthly initiative to practice wellness through art! Participants will be shown basic art-making techniques and will be guided through the process of finishing their own works of art, offering WCH staff opportunities for self-expression, voice and reflection through artistry.
This program, facilitated by Anishnaabe artist, filmmaker and educator Nadia McLaren (Manager, Indigenous Health Education at CWP-IH), looks to build community amongst WCH employees through the arts and artistic expressions of attendees while providing learning opportunities responsive to the needs and curiosities of each group. The art sessions will be a space where employees can express and explore how creative outputs can enhance a sense of connection and wellness while on-site and going forward.
The sessions will occur on the second Wednesday of every month on a *drop in basis from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in room 1441. Space is limited – To sign up and learn more, click HERE.
*The 2-hour drop-in offers employees the flexibility to stay as long as they wish to. This sign-up sheet will help us anticipate drop-ins and prepare for the session.
About Nadia McLaren
Nadia is Anishnaabe Kwe (Bear Clan) and other mixed-ancestry whose family story is rooted in Biigtigong FN, Pic River, located on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Nadia is a Drawing and Painting graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design University and brings to her work deep knowledge and experience in the areas of Indigenous community wellness, pedagogy, professional development, meaningful community engagement and relationship building.
Nadia McLaren is a published author, an accomplished international public speaker, educator, artist, award-winning director and storyteller with more than 15 years’ experience working in Indigenous community wellness and educational contexts.
She is currently Manager of Indigenous Health Education at Women’s College Hospital and Centre for Wise Practices, Indigenous Health.