Stó:lō Healing Gathering to Reconnect and Celebrate Cultural Resilience

Following the isolation and loss experienced during and for many, since, the Covid-19 pandemic, the Stó:lō Nation is organizing a gathering to support healing, celebrate resilience, and foster connections for its communities.

The event will provide an opportunity for community members to learn about family connections and histories, engage in traditional cultural activities, and immerse themselves in the Halq’emeylem language, which will be embedded throughout the event.

The gathering holds special significance as it coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Coqualeetza Cultural Education Centre. It is an opportunity to acknowledge and honour those who began their journey at the Centre and have since become leaders in various fields within the community, including health, governance, and cultural preservation.

A grant provided by the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund (IRF) will cover event expenses such as hiring an event coordinator for a four-month period, facilitators for cultural learning sessions, honoraria for Elders, facility and furniture rentals, promotional materials, as well as gifts for dignitaries, drummers and singers.

This inclusive gathering will support the Stó:lō people on their journey of healing and reconciliation, providing an opportunity to reflect on past experiences while celebrating cultural resilience. Through embracing traditional language and cultural practices, attendees will be empowered to forge a path towards cultural revitalization and a brighter future.

Archdiocese of Vancouver