This chapter addresses the question of Canada's contribution to art therapy in a way that enriches and diversifies the profession. To do this, the intertwining and overlapping nature of the documentation on the history, places, people, and differing standpoints uncovered about art therapy in Canada is explored. This métissage is sensitively investigated, and contributes to the complex plait started many years ago in the skillful hands of many dedicated and passionate Canadian art therapist. While in 1977 a national association, the Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA) was formed, the British Columbia Art Therapy Association (BCATR) and the Ontario Art Therapy Association (OATA), were established in 1978, in response to the “national” umbrella association. While it was men who were first acknowledged for developing and disseminating art therapy in Canada, it was a larger-by-far group of women who stayed close to the work, often without the recognition they deserved.
The Wiley Handbook of Art Therapy Chapter 67 Art Therapy in Canada A Place-based Métissage Janis Timm-Bottos Book Editor(s):David E. Gussak, Marcia L. Rosal First published: 06 November 2015 https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118306543.ch67