Cancer Centre Welcomes New Art
Prince George, B.C. – The Cancer Centre in Prince George is now home to two new pieces of art.
The pieces, one by Clayton Gauthier of the Carrier Nation, the other by Lisa Shepherd a Metis artist, are meant to help create a safe welcoming cultural space for Indigenous patients, and to reflect the traditional territory on which the Centre sits.
“This art installation is an important step in making cancer care more patient-centred and culturally safe for Indigenous people in our province” says Dr. Malcolm Moore, President of the BC Cancer Agency.” Making sure patients feel respected and valued helps them focus on healing and recovery – key aspects of the cancer journey.”
The CEO of the First Nations Health Authority, Joe Gallagher, says the presence of Indigenous art in the cancer centres is a move toward making Indigenous peoples and culture more visible in health care environments “Often patient journeys take our people to locations that are far from home, these installations create a sense of the familiar, a place where Indigenous patients will feel connection to the traditional territory they are receiving care on. This project is a positive first step in achieving cultural safety together, acknowledging that change is necessary and ensuring the spaces are safe and reflective of the local Indigenous communities.”
The installation is the result of a partnership between the BC Cancer Agency, the First Nations Health Authority, the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres and Métis Nation BC.
All six Cancer Centres in BC will be displaying similar works by a First Nations artist and one from a Metis artist.