A View from the Inside: Community-Driven, Nation-Based Coast Salish Health and Wellness

An interactive exploration of Coast Salish health and wellness services

In this immersive and interactive visit to the Musqueam Cultural Centre, participants gained a deeper understanding of a First Nations approach to health care and the history of the Coast Salish peoples. Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish service providers and community members shared their perspectives on holistic health and wellness.

To facilitate attendees’ learning about the cultural and spiritual dimensions of health, the day also included interactive tours, performances, and activities. Through learning and participating together, attendees contributed toward the goal of embedding cultural safety and humility within health services for First Nations and Aboriginal people in British Columbia.

The day’s events included:

An opening address from Musqueam Elder Jewel Thomas

Interactive presentations on First Nations health services from Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish providers

A visit to the Musqueam Health Centre

An historical land tour of sacred sites and the Musqueam Museum Gallery, and a cedar weaving lesson with a Master Weaver

…and more!

This event took place at the Musqueam Cultural Education Resource Centre and Health Centre and was presented in partnership with the First Nations Health Authority.