so many moving pictures
With the Creek Forum we asked ourselves the question: what role do we as citizens and tax payers play in influencing the development of the place we call home?
On November 5th we occupied the headwaters of te Statlew, the little creek now known as the St. George Rainway
Activities were on St. George Street from Kingsway to 13th avenue
The Creek Stewards (students from Mount Pleasant Elementary) led a day of activities designed to inform and inspire engagement with place-making. The event reflected and celebrated over a year of work the students undertook to meet their community enhancement goals, understanding that Green Infrastructure builds social cohesion and is a long-term antidote to isolation.
Because the car-dealership on the corner is redeveloping, it is urgent and imperative that all community stakeholders engage with telling the story of what the headwaters of te Statlew could be. We are grateful that Destination Auto is open to a community design process and conversation about integrated public space. Together, we can weave our narratives together in a good way.
The schedule for the day included– An invocation, Salish Welcome, Calling to Witness. – Some context for the St George Rainway Project. – Unveiling of signage for te Statlew (bench and mural). – Distribution of Folio, mapping student experience with Rainway Project to date. -Storytelling by the Creek Stewards -Debate by Ms. Seafoot’s Division 1, on the following 4 Rainway (SGR) themes: SGR will be beautiful SGR has a necessary purpose and structure SGR will be an active transportation route SGR builds community
– Craft Station: make your own wave-form puppet!
–Stakeholder Information: learn about Odyssey, The Boys and Girls Club, Mt. Pleasant Family Centre, PosAbility, The Robson Park Community Garden and more!!
–Design Charrette: contribute your vision of what the block between Kingsway and 13th could look like.
–Scavenger Hunt: find yourself here!
Following a special song from Ms. Scoretz Division 3, a warm and nourishing lunch was enjoyed.
After lunch, Russell Wallace from the Native Education College Choir led Zumac, a fun, audience participatory song, teaching various salmon related words in Henqeminem.
The community’s Public Piano was available for play under a protective fish tarp and bamboo structure.
The music sent us off on a guided walk downstream, past the tilting topography of twelfth avenue, to flow through a puppet show and sound-garden.
After floating merrily past fellow community-minders (hailing from places as diverse as: City Commons, The Tool Library, The Drift and The Art Walk)…
…walkers finally found themselves in cloud shrouded view of the mountains. There, Wendy Charbonneau (Squamish) told the story of the Two Sisters and we danced the Jimmy Jimmy in celebration!
WaterBodies led the final leg of the journey towards the Mt. Pleasant Elementary School Field where we were invited to once more gather ’round a bamboo structure.
The closing ceremony was an invitation to carry a drop of the story forwards...
In addition to working at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School, activities facilitated over the Summer of 2013, in preparation for the November 5th Creek Forum included
FREE Carving workshops
The VSOS and Native Education College hosted carving workshops with Joe Bolton and Martin Sparrow (Musqueam). These workshops resulted in 8 cedar panels which will be used to frame the signage at the Storyteller’s bench at the Headwaters of te Statlew as well as the Mural at 8th and St. George street.
Through the Summer, City Studio’s Public Piano was in Robson Park, inviting people to play and muse on the flow of water beneath Vancouver’s streets. It is now housed at OdysseyII, serving to enhance their Art Therapy programme. The piano rolled back out during the Creek Forum, standing proudly within sacred structural geometry, with a fish-tarp canopy in case of rain.
Te Statlew Summer Series
In August, salmon masks were danced with in glee! Salmonberry, fern and wave puppets were stitched and articulated, finding their voices and stretching their synapses, ready to play on November 5th.
We also made our own stencils.
storm sewer markings