July 24, 2020 was International Self-Care Day. Self-care is a lifelong habit and culture. It’s the practice of individuals looking after their own health based on the knowledge and information available to them.
While self-care looks different to everyone, one way to unwind and take some time for yourself is to check out some of the amazing creative talent produced right here in Northern BC. Taking the time to engage the creative side of your brain and be inspired by local talent is an act of self-care!
Here’s a selection of musicians and authors to check out:
Kym Gouchie – Musician
Kym is a national-award winning Lheidli T’enneh musician. Her music brings awareness to Indigenous and women’s issues, promoting reconciliation and community building. Kym premiered her new documentary and live album called “For the People: Kym Gouchie & Northern Skye Live in Concert” on June 21, in honour of Indigenous Peoples Day. Check it out!
Saltwater Hank – Musician
Born in Prince Rupert and a member of the Gitga’at community, Tsimshian folk artist Saltwater Hank has always had a major affinity for the Northwest coast. His songs are reminiscent of old country, blues, and folk tunes circa the 1930s, but with a progressive tone that’s centred on Northwestern BC. You can stream Saltwater Hank’s albums on Bandcamp.
Eden Robinson – Author
Eden Robinson is a Haisla writer from Kitimaat. Eden has won national and international acclaim for her dark, gothic fiction. Eden has written five fiction novels. Her novel Monkey Beach is currently being adapted into a movie while her Trickster series is going to be adapted into a TV show. Check out Eden’s bibliography.
Helen Knott – Author
Helen Knott is a Dane-Zaa and Nehiyaw woman and social worker from the Prophet River First Nations residing in Fort St. John. She’s a writer, activist, poet, and advocate with works published in Red Rising Magazine, the Malahat Review, CBC Arts, and many others. Her most recent book, “In My Own Moccasins”, examines the pain that comes from addiction, intergenerational trauma, and her own path to healing.