Victoria Native Friendship Centre

I have had the pleasure of working on and off with the Victoria Native Friendship Centre (VNFC) since moving to Victoria in 2017.  I've worked therapeutically with individual clients and created a number of art therapy projects/groups in collaboration with staff and volunteers.

Youth Drop-in Groups

In 2017 I created a 5-week art program at the VNFC's  youth drop in center.  In order to give youth an opportunity of experiencing a variety of art materials we set up several stations that youth were free to explore to help find new ways to express themselves through the safety of art making.  

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Language Groups

Working with elders and language groups, we've used art therapy to help create a healing environment for Indigenous people to reconnect with their language.  This was especially important given the loss of language is often steeped in trauma.  Working in this manner helps uncover a variety feelings related to reconnecting to such a vital part of Indigenous culture.