Elder - 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 and group visits with an Indigenous Elder/Knowledge Keeper

  • Access to health care providers

  • Indigenous ceremonies

  • Therapeutic listening

  • Advocacy

  • Cultural Teaching Circles and workshops

  • Referrals to health and social services

Cultural Teaching Circles and workshops

  • Ceremonies: seasonal, smudging, feasts, cedar brushing

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

  • Holistic wellness teachings

  • Traditional prayers and songs

  • Harvesting medicines

Contact us

Cultural Coordinator - Jackie Hans

449 East Hastings Street

Vancouver, BC V6A 1P5