Last May 13, 2022, Astrida Neimanis and the FEELed Lab of the University of British Columbia Okanagan worked with Rina Garcia Chua (ASLE’s Immediate Past Diversity Co-Officer) to come together for a one-day symposium of performative workshops, embodied storytelling, and moving performances to initiate a space for creative and critical engagements with the Okanagan’s environments in the Woodhaven Eco-Culture Centre.
Fire+Water was a day meant for self-reflection, community-strengthening, and reworlding that centred Indigenous, Black, and person of colour voices in responding to the socio-cultural tensions of Okanagan ecologies. The one-day symposium was convened by the FEELed Lab with support from ASLE (Association for the Study of Literature and Environment), the Sncewips Heritage Museum (Westbank First Nation), FCCS, (Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies), and PHH (Public Humanities Hub) at UBC Okanagan.
The engagements continue this year, with Water+Fire on June 9, 2023.
Below are a video and photos taken to document the 2022 event.
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