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  1. Theatrical Activism in Vancouver: From the Native Brotherhood and Sisterhood of BC to Marie Clements’s The Road Forward and Back… [Download]

    Title: Theatrical Activism in Vancouver: From the Native Brotherhood and Sisterhood of BC to Marie Clements’s The Road Forward and Back…
    Creator: Couture, S.
    Description: Analyzing the phenomenological performance modes balanced in Marie Clements’s production of The Road Forward during the 2013 Vancouver PuSh festival, I also examine the previous iteration of the project at the Aboriginal Pavilion during the 2010 Winter Olympics. I assert that this production is a continuation of the use of performance as intervention during mega-event in Vancouver by Indigenous performers and activists, linking it to the Native Brotherhood and Sisterhood of British Columbia’s Indian Village and Show during the 1946 celebration of Vancouver’s Diamond Jubilee.
    Subjects: Native Canadian theatre, Marie Clements, Idle No More, Native Brotherhood of British Columbia, NBBC, PuSh Festival, phenomenological acting modes
    Date Created: 2015
  2. Performativity of Time, Movement and Voice in Idle No More [Download]

    Title: Performativity of Time, Movement and Voice in Idle No More
    Creator: Couture, S.
    Description: As is apparent from the ‘we’ in the title and the long list of editors, The Winter We Danced is as much a collective of voices as it is a collection of authors. The ‘we’ assembled here all share a connection to the Idle No More (INM) movement. This movement began in November 2012 as an Aboriginal response to a Canadian federal government bill that eroded indigenous sovereignty and environmental protections. INM continued to grow –often using social media for expression and coordination – with hundreds of rallies, teach-ins and protests resisting neo-colonialism (Idle No More n.d.).
    Subjects: Dance, Nonfiction, Idle No More, Performance Studies
    Date Created: 2014
  3. Women’s Auto/Biographical Theatre: Affirmation, Preservation and Intercultural Communication [Download]

    Title: Women’s Auto/Biographical Theatre: Affirmation, Preservation and Intercultural Communication
    Creator: Couture, S.
    Description: The article considers the women's autobiographical theatre as a medium in bridging cultural divides. Canadian auto/biographical works of Marie Clements and Lesley Ewen serve as epitomes intended to assert and perpetuate the truths of women of colour in Canada. Their works, while bringing a positive impact on gender and intercultural relations, demonstrate ways to live, perform and appreciate women's lives.
    Subjects: Cultural relations, Performing arts, Canada
    Date Created: 2009
  4. Windsor House school: Systems, procedures and curriculum that support a democratic educational philosophy [Download]

    Title: Windsor House school: Systems, procedures and curriculum that support a democratic educational philosophy
    Creator: Couture, Selena
    Description: It is my belief that people learn best in situations where they respect and value the people from whom that are leaning as well as feel respected and valued themselves. For these reasons human relationships in learning environments are very important. Democratic structures help to support respectful relationships between people and when students engage in them they practice the skills related to being a socially responsible person and are therefore an essential piece of an ideal learning environment. Windsor House Parent Participation Non-Coercive School has been a state funded alternative school within the North Vancouver School District for almost 40 years. The school has gone through many changes over those years, evolving as we learn from working in a democratic school environment. An essential part of our school is that we stay flexible enough to respond to the current population of the school and yet we also preserve the main values of the school. We are committed to students becoming self-confident and self-aware as well as able to work within a community. It is our stated aim for all students who attend the school to, “within the context of self discovery, develop and strengthen the skills and attitudes necessary to become self-directed learners. Specific objectives which support this goal are to work on relationships within our community, engage with WH systems and procedures and take advantage of learning opportunities.” (WH document, Individual Education Plan, Long Term Goals) Our systems and procedures have developed with this goal in mind and we continue to refine them in order to become as effective as possible. This article will describe our current school environment, specifically School Governance Systems, Parental Agreements, Curriculum Choice and Assessment.
    Subjects: Alternative school, School governance systems, Curriculum choice, Parental agreements, Curriculum assessment, Cirriculum
    Date Created: 2010