Art Can Heal
Jean E. Tait
Spruce Grove, AB

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jean elizabeth taitInterested in art throughout my life, I have a passionate interest in Indigenous culture, symbols, healing and art. These interests have led to my calling to work with all these areas, combining them in my art therapy practice and own art making.

I am an Indigenous woman – Saulteaux (Ojibwe), a member of the Berens River First Nation, located on the eastern shores of Lake Winnipeg. My mother was born on reserve and was brought up by her grandfather, Chief William Berens and her grandmother, Nancy. My great great grandfather was Chief Jacob Berens, the signatory for Treaty No. 5 in 1875. My father is of Celtic ancestry (Shetland Islands).

Although born in eastern Canada, I have lived in or near Edmonton, Alberta since beginning primary school. It was in primary school, that I became fascinated with how the Egyptian hieroglyphics captured an idea and became a record for generations that followed.

I began my painting career as a watercolour artist, painting landscape vistas. A chance side trip to Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park in southern Alberta served to change me forever. Like Egyptian hieroglyphics, the rock art petroglyphs (carved into the sandstone) and pictographs (painted images), are an historical record of the experiences of Indigenous peoples from a number of tribal groups that lived in that area. My connections with rock art around the world, created new inspiration for my paintings.

During this time of studying and working with rock art as the subject for my paintings, my own spirit was awakened by a powerful connection to this imagery. Many times the locale of rock art is also a place where dreaming and vision seeking have taken place over centuries. The areas I visited provided a connection to the unseen and powerful forces that my work endeavors to capture in my “medicine paintings.” As these connections deepened, I became involved with ceremony and study in the area of the Indigenous approach to healing and spirituality.

Registered Art Therapist – Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA) and Professional Member – International Expressive Arts Therapies Association (IEATA).

Release and Consent Agreement

I, the above-named participant, agree to participate in session(s) facilitated by Jean E. Tait that will include art therapy. I understand that all artwork and information generated as a product of this event is to be kept confidential and that my identity will be undisclosed. I give permission from the above date forward for my artwork to be shown to professionals for supervision and educational purposes only. I further understand that this type of work can provoke feelings of emotional distress or discomfort.

Additionally, I give permission for photographs to be taken of my artwork for a possible case study, or for presentation and publication for educational purposes, with the understanding that my identity will be disguised to prevent public disclosure.

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I understand that all information will be kept confidential unless:

  • There is a threat of bodily harm to myself or others;
  • There is an indication of child abuse;
  • Information is requested by subpoena for court purposes.

By indicating below my acceptance of this agreement, I:

  • acknowledge that I have read this Release and Consent Agreement and understand it and I freely elect to participate, and
  • take full responsibility for telling Jean E. Tait if I feel at any point disturbed by my participation, and
  • release Jean E. Tait from any claims of malpractice, nondisclosure, or lack of informed consent, and
  • freely assume responsibility for any and all risks of the work conducted by
    Jean E. Tait, whether presently contemplated or hereinafter discovered.