ALIVE would like to thank Lou-ann Neel for creating this beautiful design, titled 'In Coast Salish Territory', to represent our organization and the diverse communities we work with.
Great work Lou-ann!
(Below is an artist statement and bio)
In Coast Salish Territory
“In Coast Salish Territory” is an original design created in 2014 by Lou-ann Ika’wega Neel, for the Aboriginal Life In Vancouver Enhancement Society.
“In Coast Salish Territory” speaks to our diverse communities, as represented by the ‘four stars of the four directions’ that shine brightly in the night sky.
Two wolves provide protection and guidance to all who roam this land; Sky Spirit Wolf transforms minute by minute, forming the clouds that dance across our coastal communities, keeping our air clean. Sea Spirit Wolf swims to and fro, creating the hourly tides that grace our coastlines and enable marine life to flourish. Wolves represent loyalty and strong family ties. Wolves are social and communicative beings, and are very strategic hunters.
They are integral to the delicate ecosystems that provide us with our homes, our food and our communities, and they protect the mountainous landscape that serves as home to many of our other Original Ancestors.
Together in a circle of our sacred red cedar bark, these symbols collectively speak to the commitment of the ALIVE Society - to promote, enhance and foster the social, economic, and cultural well-being and health of Aboriginal peoples in Vancouver.
Lou-ann Ika’wega Neel
My Kwakwaka’wakw potlatch names are Ika’wega, Kiditl’logw, and Ga’astalaas, and I am from the Kwagiulth, Mamalilikulla, Ma’amtagila, ‘Namgis and Kwickwasutaineuk people of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation. My grandmother was Ellen Ka’kasolas Neel (nee Newman), and she spent most of her life here in Vancouver, BC. When I was invited to submit a logo for consideration by ALIVE, I was very honored, as my grandmother was a full time artist in Vancouver from the early 1940’s until her passing in 1966.
I am now a full time art-school student and practicing artist residing in Vancouver. I work with artists and community organizations to promote creative, artistic, and cultural activities across the Lower Mainland, and am pleased to support the good work of ALIVE!
ALIVE society is committed to engaging the principles of a place-based philosophy to foster equitable and inclusive communities for Aboriginal peoples in Vancouver. As a resource to the community we have created a document outlining the philosophy as well as specific place-based contexts and practises. Download a PDF of our place-based 2 pager here
ALIVE and Salish Sea Productions took the opportunity to interview each panelist at our Where Change Happens- Reconciliation in Action event that took place on June 20th, 2014.
In these short vignettes, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Dr. Evan Adams and Wendy Grant-John offer insight into the development of sustainable, evidence-based approaches to fostering the health and well-being of the urban Aboriginal population.
Currently under development is a legacy documentary project that will detail what 'reconciliation in action' looks like, highlighting the place-based work ALIVE is currently involved with in the community, as we work with our partners to connect services, reduce competition, and enhance access to opportunities, resources and services with our most vulnerable populations.
Have you heard about Vancouver's Healthy City for All Strategy yet? The Healthy City for All Strategy is a framework to work towards a Vancouver where everyone can thrive.
The City of Vancouver recently launched the “Talk Healthy City for All” engagement process for the Healthy City Strategy. This is your chance to take part and get involved.
The City of Vancouver is asking you to share your bold and innovative ideas for reaching the Strategy’s targets over the next decade - on the online forum, through social media, at in-person ideas labs, or by hosting your own event.
Visit www.vancouver.ca/healthycity4all for more details - watch the video, check out the goals and targets, sign up for a SoapBox account and start posting your best and boldest ideas (and vote, comment and add to others). City staff and the Healthy City for All Leadership Table will be listening.
Plus, you could win a chance to discuss your idea with local and global social innovators at the Social Innovation Exchange Ideas Festival on May 30, or learn additional skills to turn your idea into action with a scholarship to attend the THNK Creative Leadership workshop hosted by FUEL on May 30!