Vancouber Native Health Society Tu'wusht Gardening
Elders and Cultural Programs

Tu'wusht

NOTICE: The Tu'wusht Program has been suspended until further notice due to lack of funding. 

The Tu'wusht Program is an Indigenous-led initiative connecting people to food, nature and culture. This community inclusive program focuses on the urban Indigenous population who face the most barriers in accessing the natural environment and nutritious, traditional foods. Participants receive the opportunity to engage in food sustenance development through our community kitchen and land-based activities. Participants have the opportunity to grow, procure, and preserve food while connecting with traditional Indigenous knowledge and one-another.

The Tu'wusht Program has been a great success since its inception in 2005. Formerly known as the "Urban Aboriginal Community Kitchen/Garden Project", the program was given the name Tu'wusht by Coast Salish Elder, the late Corrine Mitchell in 2013. Tu'wusht in the Tla'amin Coast Salish dialect means “We Belong”.

Program Activities

Tu'wusht hosts 2 weekly activity days on Tuesdays and Fridays 50 weeks of the year. There are a variety of on-going activities from season to season. Tu'wusht activities mainly take place at the UBC Farm which is on traditional Musqueam First Nations territory located at 3461 Ross Drive Vancouver (UBC South Campus). The community-built structures include a traditional smokehouse, teepee and tool shed.

Contact us

Tu’wusht Project

449 East Hastings Street Vancouver,

BC V6A 1P5