Keep ARTH4800 Art in the Arctic Course

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I was a student enrolled in the ARTH 4800 Art in the Arctic course, which was to outline and explore indigenous Canadian art. I was deeply saddened to hear that it was cancelled, this was the class I was most looking forward to this year. I am looking to specialize and focus my degree on Canadian Art, Culture, and Literature, I am finding this increasingly difficult when these classes are cancelled.

 The cancellation of this course shows a the lack of importance and priority of York to teach it’s own Canadian heritage to the students. York prides itself of teaching interdisciplinary skills and giving students a broad education, however I am feeling robbed of this. On the York Art History page York boasts about the program “[focusing] on the Canadian heritage in the visual arts, including works of art made by Canadians,” however I am only seeing a lack of this. I think it is important for the Visual Art/Art History Department to keep this course because it well help educate students on their own heritage, and indigenous culture (and haven’t we tried to erase them enough?). This course will help spark some much needed discussion on this topic and help inspire other students to educate themselves and take action.



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