Elders and Cultural Programs

Cultural Workshop Schedule & Elder Sessions

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Cultural Workshop Schedule & Elder Sessions

This page outlines our regular weekly calendar and information on our Elder sessions. Please visit our Facebook page or Instagram for updates on our upcoming workshops and special events.

For more details on our cultural program, please click here or use the contact information at the bottom of this page.

Please note that our current cultural room is only accessible by stairs. To request an accessible space for an Elder session, please let us know when making your appointment.

449 East Hastings St.

All weekly workshops are drop-ins — no pre-registration required.


Coast Salish Teachings with Chief Bill Williams

Beading Circle

Join a beading workshop with Elder Nina or work on a project of your own. Workshops include earrings, lanyards, necklaces, pins, and more!


Sobriety Luncheon and Talking Circle

A stigma-free space to discuss sobriety, build community, and share cultural teachings to support our wellness. All experiences and stages of sobriety are welcome. Homemade hot lunch and dessert served!

Open Space
10:00–12:00, 1:30–3:30


"Textile Thursdays" Cultural Sewing Classes

Create traditional clothing and ceremonial items, including: ribbon skirts and shirts, star blankets, sweat lodge dresses, medicine pouches, moccasins, and more!

  • Please note that we provide supplies for one project per participant. If you wish to make more than one piece, please bring your own supplies.


"Tea Time" and Cultural Sharing

An open space to visit with our Elders, play games, share cultural teachings, and be with community. Enjoy endless amounts of tea and laughter!

The cultural program is closed on Wednesdays, weekends, and holidays.


Schedule a talking session with an Elder or Knowledge Keeper. All scheduled appointment time frames are up to 60 minutes.

  • Chief Bill Williams, Elder and Hereditary Chief (Squamish)
  • Eugene Harry (XiQuelum), Elder and Spiritual Worker (Malahat, Cowichan, Lummi, Squamish)
  • Nina Thomas, Elder (Carrier)
  • Michael Guimond, Knowledge Keeper (Ojibway/Anishinaabe)

We can also offer smudging/brushing and prayers before, during, and after talking sessions.

Our group is culturally diverse and open to all cultures.

To book an appointment with an Elder or Knowledge Keeper:
Jackie Hans, Cultural Coordinator
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (604) 254-9949 ext. 228