Eagle (by Rick)
A lot of people don’t notice how even in a rundown neighborhood,
you can still find beauty
I took this photo at the UBC Learning Exchange earlier this year. It is one of the many photo artifacts from the DUDES Club exhibition “Indigenous Men’s Narratives: Reclaiming Our Lives”. This photo struck me to the core. The words captured my own thoughts on what makes the Downtown Eastside so special.
I later met Rick in May at a community-university conference New Perspectives on Learning in the Downtown Eastside. I told him how much this photo means to me and he told me that maybe it is not an eagle but a seagull in the photo, but that it wasn’t a big deal.
After the conference I went online to learn more about the project that this photo was a product of. I was amazed. Started in 2010 the DUDES Club is a great example of meaningful collaboration, community-led research and activism. Learning about this project gave me confidence to continue shifting the focus of my research from my research interests to what matters to the people I work with. From the website “The DUDES Club provides events and activities that focus on the spiritual, physical, mental, emotional, and social aspects of wellness in men residing on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. It focuses on connecting men with health care professionals and other support services, as well as instilling a sense of solidarity and empowerment within the community.”