Exhibition 3: Roots and Cultural Heritage

Paths for Connection and Healing


   Art Project 1400 Third Stage: Roots, Culture, and Communal Healing/Resilience Building

ICC health committee is proud to start the next phase of its Art Project with great enthusiasm. Since the last two phases of ICC Art Project 1400 were well-received by the community, the ICC health committee is embarking on the next stage of this project. As we have emphasized before, the Art Project 1400 is about mental health. More precisely, it is about using art and artistic expressions for creating resilience and community empowerment in facing massive upsetting events such as the current pandemic.
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Opening Ceremony

featuring a preface from Dr. Arezoo (Saideh) Khadir and Daniel Sarvestani

hosted by Dr. Catherine Richardson

watch here

Welcome to Virtual Exhibition Rooms

Pottery is the first synthetic material ever created by humans. The term refers to objects made of clay, a mixture of earth and water. When mankind discovered fire, the pottery left near the fire was hardened. Experimentation eventually led to hotter fires and kilns. As time wore went on, ancient men discovered how to decorate their pots and add glazes. Earth, water, and fire were sacred elements in many ancient cultures. . Read more and exhibition ( فارسی )(Français)



Working with Earth: Land, Culture, and Reclaiming Heritage as a Sources of Healing

by Daniel Sarvestani

Research has shown that peoples connections to land plays a major role in shaping indigenous cultures and traditions. Likewise, for many formerly colonized and First Nation communities around the world, the impacts of land dispossessions, disintegration of traditional kin systems, the struggles for land reclamation, the spiritual and ancestral ties to the land continue to influence notions of collective identity, health, and wellbeing. It is important to acknowledge connection to the land not only as a reflection of a personal connection, but rather that of the community – shaping a sense of collective identity and culture. In short land is sacrad, the earth is sacred, and a source of cultural and healing. Read More Here


Interview with Dr. Catherine Richardson: Colonialism, Coloniality and healing

Interview with Dr. Catherine Richardson by Daniel Sarvestani

Dr. Catherine Richardson/Kinewesquao is a Métis counsellor, About Me | Catherine Richardson the Director of First Peoples Studies at Concordia University and a co-founder of the Centre for Response-Based Practice. She is a therapist, a teacher, and an author. She is currently living on the territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation in Montreal, where she is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Montreal. Her most recent research project include a study on Metis identity in Quebec and Indigenous women’s experience in sharing their stories in public forums, such as government inquiries and commissions. Cathy has a leadership role in a number of research organizations, including the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative With Vulnerable Populations. She is a Health Canada provider for the intergenerational survivors of residential school internment.


Dre. Catherine Richardson/Kinewesquao est une conseillère spécialisée dans la prévention de la violence et le rétablissement. Elle habite présentement sur le territoire de la Nation Kanien’kehá:ka à Montréal, où elle est professeure agrégée à l’École de service social de l’Université de Montréal. Le Dr Richardson est co-fondateur du Center for Response-Based Practice. Son projet de recherche le plus récent comprend une étude sur l’identité métisse au Québec et l’expérience des femmes autochtones dans le partage de leurs histoires dans les forums publics, tels que les enquêtes et les commissions gouvernementales. Cathy a un rôle de leader dans un certain nombre d’organismes de recherche, y compris l’Initiative canadienne de prévention des homicides domestiques auprès des populations vulnérables. Elle est un fournisseur de Santé Canada pour les survivants intergénérationnels de l’internement dans les pensionnats.