Uut Uustukyuu: Bridging the Gap for Indigenous Wellness

Indigenous communities in Canada are struggling with the lasting impacts of Residential Schools, the 60’s Scoop, and colonial influences, which have led to high rates of chronic health issues, addiction, and mental health challenges across generations.

The Uut Uustukyuu Indigenous Healing Society on Vancouver Island has been addressing the unique healing needs of Indigenous people through a trauma-informed and culturally grounded approach.

Thanks to a grant from the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund (IRF), Uut Uustukyuu will be able to continue to offer support to Indigenous people from across British Columbia, blending traditional practices with Western approaches to address both biomedical and mental health needs. The funding will sustain over thirty Traditional Practitioners, supported by two co-directors overseeing operations, covering employee salaries, practitioners’ fees, as well as operational and administrative costs.

Operating through the Ahousaht Nation for several years, Uut Uustukyuu’s services extend beyond Vancouver Island. The society’s framework integrates mentorship and guidance, empowering individuals and communities to develop internal capacities for culturally relevant healthcare and wellness services. Emphasizing the well-being of children and youth, Uut Uustukyuu prioritizes the transmission of culture and knowledge to foster resilient and healthier Indigenous communities.

Archdiocese of Vancouver