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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.

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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.

Later Event: May 11
Mothers and Motherlands