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Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Grants

In 2014, Vancouver City Council designated Vancouver as a “City of Reconciliation”.  In 2015, staff developed the City of Reconciliation overarching vision:

As a City of Reconciliation, the City of Vancouver will form a sustained relationship of mutual respect and understanding with local First Nations and the Urban Aboriginal community, including key agencies, to incorporate a First Nations and Urban Aboriginal perspective into the work undertaken and decisions made by the City of Vancouver and, ultimately, to provide services that benefit members of these communities.

Proposals for projects to support Aboriginal healing and wellness

Consistent with that vision, we are currently accepting proposals for projects that support Elder Services Programs that provide traditional, spiritual, and cultural healing and wellness activities in Vancouver's urban Aboriginal community.

Current status Closed
Next application deadline Spring 2018

What is a traditional Aboriginal healing approach?

“Access to traditional and culturally appropriate health care practices is equally, if not more important, than access to mainstream non-Aboriginal health care. There is a need for Aboriginal-specific programs in the DTES, with all services being able to provide traditional, spiritual and cultural health and healing supports.”  Aboriginal Health Healing and Wellness in the DTES Study, City of Vancouver, 2017.

“Ceremony helps people to incorporate healthy values such as respect, love, courage, humility, truth, trust and strength into their daily lives.” Traditional Healing Circle of Elders, First Nations Centre, National Aboriginal Health Organization, 2007


To be eligible for this grant, organizations must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Must be at least one of the following:
    • Registered non-profit society
    • Community service co-op
    • Social enterprise wholly owned by a non-profit, and in good standing with the Registrar of Companies
    • Registered charity with the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA)
  • Must achieve a minimum of 1:1 leverage from other sources, which can include funding from other funders and/or institutions, as well as staff time, space and material donated or provided by other organizations to support the project
  • Must utilize City funding for Elder honorariums, contracts or salaries; compensation for Elder services must be reasonable and on par with other similar programs
  • Elder Services Program must have been in existence for a minimum of 18 months prior to the application
  • Elder Services Program must be located in Vancouver

Grant documents (for reference only)


Download the guidelines (160 KB)

Apply for the grant

Download the application form (170 KB)

Download the budget (20 KB)

Questions? Please contact Maureen Lerat, Social Planner, at maureen.lerat@vancouver.ca or 604-871-6136.

Contact the Social Policy & Projects Division

Mailing address
Social Policy & Projects Division
City of Vancouver
501-111 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4