Elder Tu'wusht Vancouver Aboriginal Health Society
Elders and Cultural Programs

Our Circle is Strong - Elders and Knowledge Keepers

Please Note: Many of the below activities are suspended due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact the Cultural Coordinator for current program information.

The impacts of colonization, intergenerational and ongoing traumas have left many with a negative or absent connection to their Indigenous identity, community and culture. The cultural programming at VAHS acknowledges the necessity of culture in supporting resilience and the healing journey.


Program Services:

  • One to one visit with an Indigenous Elder or Knowledge Keeper

  • Access to healthcare providers

  • Access to Indigenous ceremony – Sweat lodge, Burning ceremony, Seasonal feasts, etc.

  • Therapeutic listening

  • Advocacy

  • Referrals to health and social services – including detox centers, alcohol and drug counselling, and housing support

  • Cultural Teaching Circles and workshops


Cultural Teaching Circles and workshops:

  • Ceremonies: Seasonal ceremonies, smudging, feasts, cedar brushing and more

  • Crafts: Jewelry making, beading, cedar weaving, drum making

  • Holistic wellness teachings

  • Traditional prayers and songs

  • Harvesting medicines

Contact us

Cultural Coordinator

449 East Hastings Street

Vancouver, BC V6A 1P5