Students in grades 3 & 4 at Logan Lake Elementary enjoyed enhancement to their social studies unit by delving into the artwork of Roy Henry Vickers. A popular First Nations artist with a striking and accesible visual style, Vickers was a natural choice for introducing students to environmental issues through art. Using the book, The Elders are Watching, by David Bouchard and Roy Henry Vickers, students recreated an image while exploring the different visual elements featured in the work. Logan Lake's First Nations Education Worker Trish Rainville further expanded the lesson by showcasing another project supported by the artist. A graphic was created by Vickers and donated to Stand Up 4 Great Bear- a group dedicated to saving the Great Bear Rainforest from logging and the proposed north coast oil tanker route. Also known as Canada's Amazon, it's the largest coastal temperate rainforest in the world and home to B.C.'s official animal, the Spirit Bear.
Students liked working on an art project while learning about our province, how to join the fight to save it and how First Nations people can propel awareness of their culture and their issues through art.