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Unpaved is a two-hour guided walk through the Highland Creek Valley that took place in November 2019. It was organized by an ad-hoc artist collective under the same name, consisting of: Maria Patricia Abuel, Paige Camilleri, Lauren Chien, Sakina Sani, Yara Matta, and myself–Sylvie Stojanovski.

Informed by the tracktivist movement, which involves walking and moving through landscapes as an eco-activist practice, Unpaved brings attention to natural and man-made elements in our surroundings that we pass by every day, but seldom stop to consider. It challenges participants to reflect on their relationship with the land through a series of arts-based activities, including: drawing, and creative writing. The goal of Unpaved is to cultivate a deeper understanding and appreciation of the land on which we occupy, so that participants will take action to protect it moving forward. One of the ways in which the project does this is through the development of a series of personal land connection statements. 

Unpaved first started as a project about climate change, but evolved to include other conversations around: indigeneity, land acknowledgement and colonialism. The art part of Unpaved was the scaffolding of the walk—the trail we chose, the activities that occurred, as well as the physical act of walking as performance. The activism part of our walk was the intention behind walking as performance—we walked as a form of active land acknowledgement, and asked participants to develop and share their own personal connection statements with one another.