Mothers and Motherlands
to May 12

Mothers and Motherlands

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“To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.” – Maya Angelou⁣

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DATE: Sat May 11-Sun May 12
TIME: 9:30am-4:30pm

-Mapping Matrilineal Histories Interactive Exhibit
Visually trace the history of your maternal ancestors and matriarchs on our wall map exhibit. Drop in anytime during the hours listed.
DATE: Sat May 11-Sun May 12
TIME: 9:30am-4:30pm

-Interactive Storytelling Exploring Matrilineal Histories with Amal Rana
DATE: Sun May 12
TIME: 10:30-11:30am, 12:30-1:30pm, 2:30-3:30pm

- Art Creation Stations with Nicole Preissl and Contessa Brown. Create beautiful recipe cards (with wild seeds) and cedar roses for the matriarchs in your life.
DATE: Sun May 12
Time: 11-12:30 pm, 1-3:30pm

This Mother’s Day we invite you to join us in a free, all ages, intergenerational celebration and exploration of Motherhood. ⁣

Mothers and mothering are honoured in richly varied ways in many cultures and communities. There are many different definitions of Mother. ⁣

How do Mothers see themselves? What are our connections to our Mothers, our Grandmothers, to the matriarchs who mother us and our communities in so many beautiful ways? How do our matrilineal ancestries and connections to motherlands shape us? How do we explore the many meanings of mothering in relation to ourselves and the land we are currently on?⁣

Bring your mother, your grandmother, your matriarchs, and the people you consider mother figures in your life, as well as children of all ages!⁣

Join us for this celebration of maternal histories, creative expression through poetry, visual art, and intergenerational storytelling. ⁣


Amal Rana (co-curator/co-host) is a queer Muslim Poet, Interdisciplinary Storyteller and Arts Educator. Amal's Pushcart Prize nominated poetry has been published and performed widely in Canada and internationally. Through Cambium Arts and Education, Amal offers community centered workshops, events and installations that explore themes such as home, migration, matriarchal histories, and more.

Nicole Preissl is an explorative designer who uses natural materials to influence her work. From both Sto:lo and Squamish decent, she began introducing traditional artistic customs into her practice as a means of connecting to her culture. She does this by passing along sacred teachings from elders and community members alike while introducing people to natural ways of making with indigenous materials. She is currently in her last year at Emily Carr University and is looking forward to continuing her work with the community.

Contessa Brown: Qmdmaxl, North West Coast BC, Heiltsuk Nation. Cedar Weaver. Cedar is sacred to the North West Coastal people and is healing to the soul. I am from the Heiltsuk Nation known as Bella Bella BC. Cedar bark is sacred to the North West coastal people and serves many purposes. It is used in ceremonial potlatches and is used contemporarily. My passion is cedar weaving for ceremonial potlatches and contemporary cedar wear. I love working on cedar bark because it is part of our identity as coastal people.

We express gratitude and respect for being able to host this event on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territories.

Accessibility: The Roundhouse and the Exhibit Hall are wheelchair accessible. Full venue description and accessibility information can be found on the Radical Access Mapping Project here:

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Memories and Motherlands: A Free Arts-Based Exploration of Identity, Belonging and Home
to Jul 18

Memories and Motherlands: A Free Arts-Based Exploration of Identity, Belonging and Home

This free event is open to ALL women, girls and non-binary youth of colour between the ages of 13-24.

This is a recurring event taking place through the first three weeks of July - 4, 11 and 18 July from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. You are welcome to join us at one workshop or all of them.

While you are more than welcome to drop in, you are highly encouraged to register at the Eventbrite link here:

Workshops made possible with support from ArtStarts, City of Vancouver and partner, Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies - SFU.

I count
all the oceans, blood & not-blood,
all the people I could be,
the whole map, my mirror.
- From “Oil” by Fatimah Asghar

As women and girls of colour, and as non-binary folks of colour, there are so many ways in which the world sees us. How do we see ourselves? What layers and complexities make up who we are? What motherlands and memories shape us? How do we explore the many meanings of home in relation to ourselves and the land we are currently on? What could mapping joyful and healing futures for ourselves and our communities look like?

In these trying times, it’s more important than ever to invite joy and creativity into our communities. Offering free, safer spaces for young women, girls and non-binary youth of colour to explore these questions through arts-based activities is one way to do this.

Want to have fun? Be yourself? Join us, and get to know others in the community and make some art to express yourself!

We’ll be weaving in a variety of mediums including - poetry, personal mapping, visual art, collage and more!


Cost: Free!

Where: Room 2520, SFU Harbour Centre, 515 W. Hastings St.

When: Wednesdays, July 4, 11, and 18. 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

What to bring: Yourself (and snacks/food for yourself if you like). Art supplies & light refreshments will be provided.

Accessibility: The building, room and washrooms are wheelchair accessible. The main (first) floor has two, single stall, gender neutral washroom past the elevators and the opposite side, past the security booth.

Location: Room 2520, SFU Harbour Centre.
Close to the Stadium-Chinatown SkyTrain station and Waterfront Station with access to the Millennium Line, the Expo Line, and several major bus routes.

Who we are: Abeer Yusuf and Amal Rana are two Muslim women of colour working with racialised and marginalised communities, including youth. Amal is an arts educator, transformative facilitator and poet ( Abeer is a journalist, writer and community builder. Amal and Abeer both enjoy bonding over chicken biryani.

Questions? Contact us at

This event takes place on the unceded, ancestral and traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the Musqueam, Skxwú7mesh & Tsleil-Waututh nations. As we live, work, play and create on these lands, we commit to acknowledging the historical and contemporary colonial violence that is enacted upon Indigenous peoples and their lands.

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