Mikw Chiyam: Arts Education Concentration Program/ The Quebec Cree School Board

2016—2019 Artist in Residence 

Francine will be going up to a northern Cree community in Quebec to teach high school students how to make zines, along with creating space for writing workshops, visual art workshops and community writing circles.

“This interdisciplinary enrichment program aims to increase student retention by reinforcing Cree identity through artistic expression. Our aspiration for the program is to inspire youth by creating contexts for students to collaborate with professional Canadian Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists. Four intensive five-week creative residencies will be offered in schools during the academic year.

This program promotes art literacy, art appreciation, and collaboration by bringing together students, artists, teachers and community members in positive learning spaces where creative initiatives can flourish. By inviting professional artists to work collaboratively with teachers to design and implement interactive programming, we hope to encourage students and teachers to learn from and alongside artists.”

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Past Workshops


Vancouver Public Library: Summer Teen Writing Camp

2017 Workshop Facilitator

The Museum of Anthropology: Lawrence Paul exhibition

2016 Workshop Facilitator 

During the Vancouver School Board First Peoples Festival Francine ran tours and writing/visual art workshops in the Lawrence Paul exhibition. She got the students to explore idea’s surrounding what Indigenous art is and how you can push those boundaries. The high school students wrote poems and drew postcards about their experience in the space.

Creative Writing Children’s Society

2014 Faculty

About: Francine taught a seven week workshop that blended fiction and non-fiction in a way that encouraged her students to look at their own diverse and unique cultural heritages and find ways of bringing those elements into their fiction work.


The Museum of Anthropology: Claiming Space: Voices of Urban Aboriginal Youth: Chapbook Project

2014 Workshop Creator and Facilitator 

About: This was a ten week program that ran as part of a museum exhibition. High schools would book a tour and writing workshop with Francine as a way of engaging in a deeper way with the exhibition. More.

The Native Youth Program: 2013 Digital and Print Zine Project

2013 Workshop Creator and Facilitator 

About: During this four month project Francine created and facilitated creative writing and visual art workshops surrounding issues of identity. The students wrote varied types of writing and paired them with artistic projects. They also did a series of audio recording of their work. Francine then designed and edited a final zine. This project was featured in the Museum of Anthropology’s Aboriginal youth exhibition Claiming Space: Voices of Urban Aboriginal Youth.

Link: Digital Zine. 

The University of British Columbia Creative Writing Program: New Shoots

2013 Workshop Facilitator 

About: New Shoots is a program run by both The University of British Columbia’s Creative Writing program and The Vancouver School Board. It pairs creative writing graduate students with local high school students. Francine taught a seven week grade twelve creative writing class.


The Native Youth Program

2009—2013 Program Coordinator 

About: For five years Francine worked with Pam Brown at The Museum of Anthropology working with students in the Native Youth Program (NYP). The NYP was started in 1979 and is the longest running public program running through the museum. During her time with the NYP Francine helped to develop curriculum, worked as the program manager, did research and ran creative projects and workshops, like short film making, visual arts, writing, zine making, fashion and more.