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As Canada commemorates the 150th anniversary of confederation, the Art Hives Network acknowledges the ongoing struggles of Indigenous people caused by colonization. We join together to examine the role of non-Indigenous Canadians in the truth and reconciliation process to help establish and restore Indigenous people’s rights in Canada. We believe that non-Indigenous Canadians have a responsibility to understand the shared history of colonization and how we may be continuing to perpetuate colonial relationships in our personal and professional lives.

We invite people in communities across Canada to come together to form small listening circles, where we sit in a circle and listen to each other, and reflect critically on personal and collective choices and experiences. Adding spontaneous and informal art-making about a topic that may be uncomfortable, uncertain and unclear helps to maintain an empathetic space.

We believe such community listening circles can generate the necessary dialogue to uncover and examine how our personal and collective story intersects with colonialism, and how we may reproduce it in our lives and cause harm to Indigenous peoples. This ”unsettling the settler” work is necessary to truly participate in the transformative possibilities of reconciliation (Regan, 2010), and to start imagining a shared future of mutual recovery and respect.

This toolkit is a work in progress. It is a beginning, initiated by a group of non-Indigenous Canadians to share our process and learning with readers, with the hope to inspire them to do the same. We hope this toolkit will continue to expand as more communities experiment with it. We welcome feedback and participation data at

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The following document provides general guidelines for facilitating an online art hive, as established by the Concordia University Art Hives HQ and engAGE Living Lab in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, in the spring of 2020.

Zoom meeting with Art Hive facilitators showing their art works

The instructions for online community art-making provided here are specific for the Zoom platform but may apply to other digital platforms.

These guidelines are outlined as the current working practices to provide an ethical online art hive experience and are subject to change as the practice continues to evolve.

Please use your best judgement as every virtual hive is unique and constantly adapting to changing contexts.

Visit the Art Hives website to download the guideline

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Art Hives How-to-Guide

The Art Hives How-to-Guide was created to address a need expressed by many community members who share a desire to regroup to respond creatively to issues in their communities, and are wondering “How do we begin?”

The information we have gathered here is not a definitive recipe book, but we hope that by making what we’ve learned so far, readily available in an open-source format, we can help make your Art Hive journey just a little bit easier.

We want to support those of you who are inspired by the Art Hives model in making it your own. Every community is complex with special strengths and challenges and every Art Hive should equally reflect the unique issues being tackled, as well as the traditions being celebrated.

This guide was made possible through the generous support of the JW McConnell Family Foundation and Concordia University in Montreal.

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