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Ullus Collective History

Ullus Collective over the years

ULLUS originated in 1982 under the Okanagan Tribal Council as the Okanagan Indian Curricululm Project and produced two short dramatic features films, "First People" (1982) and "First Contact" (1983). The Okanagan Indian Curriculum Project provided media arts training through the productions of video and audio recording, allowing participants the opportunity to both experience hands on training in broadcasting for film and television and audio recording industries and became the foundation for the collective's beginnings. Founded by siblings Jeannette Armstrong PhD., Richard Armstrong and August Armstrong ULLUS Collective established itself as the video production company and Nak'ulamn Productions produced audio cassette recordings and tapes and eventually radio of live events and gatherings within the Southern Interior of BC.

In 1997, Tracey Kim Bonneau, of the Indigenous Arts Service Organization (IASO) and daughter of founder Jeannette Armstrong, undertook studies of Indigenous media artists in the province of BC within the sector. Results found were that artists were underrepresented and have limited to access and opportunity to develop works. This also included funding similar other art disciplines. The findings from this study prompted the Ullus Collective members, under the unbrella of parent organization- En'owkin Centre, to continue to work together and initiated the formal process of organizing activities to serve its members. In 2012, Tracey resigned as Chair of the ULLUS Collective and under the First Peoples Cultural Council's Aboriginal Arts Development Awards (AADA), interned ULLUS Co-Chair, Victoria Baptiste, film school graduate and daughter of Founder Richard Armstrong as Artistic Director.

In 2014, with the support of the AADA ULLUS seperated from En'owkin Centre moving towards its vision of becoming its own artist run centre two years ahead of their strategic plan. A direct result of having a full time Artistic Director, 2 part time arts coordinators, 1 book keeper, a working board and the needs and demands within the local community and municiplaity for the inclusion of Indigenous art and artists.

The logo was originally designed in 2007 as a symbol to show many people becoming one. In 2012 the logo was redesigned to show a gathering of people from different places to come together for a common purpose. The four Earth colors used by the Syilx (Okanagan) people were chosen for their symbolism of Earth and prayer.

excerpted from: www.enowkincentre.ca and www.okanaganfirstpeoples.ca

 

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