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Mural at Saa-ust Centre of flowers with a braid framing birds flying in the sky

City opens Saa-ust Centre at 44 East Cordova Street

Temporary space supports families and survivors affected by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

"Vancouver is honoured to do our part to support the families taking part in the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls," said Mayor Gregor Robertson.

March 19 2018 –

In anticipation of community hearings being hosted by the  National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG)  in April, we are opening a temporary space to offer support to families and survivors.

Located at 44 E Cordova, the space is a collaboration between us, the community, and our government partners.

It has been named "Saa-ust" Centre, which means "to lift up" in Coast Salish.

Services and support available at centre

  • Trauma-informed counselling services
  • Ceremony space and access to Elders and Knowledge Keepers
  • Different art and cultural activities from Nations across Canada

"Vancouver is honoured to do our part to support the families taking part in the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls," said Mayor Gregor Robertson. "As a City of Reconciliation, we need to come to terms with our difficult past and people of all cultures need to work together to protect Indigenous women and girls."

Family members, "families of heart", and survivors will also be able to register and provide statements as part of the National Inquiry, leading up to, during, and after local community hearings.

"One of our top priorities as a government is providing services people count on and for these families that means stepping up to help mobilize and deliver culturally sensitive supports at this critical time," said Mitzi Dean, Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity.

Location

Saa-ust Centre is located on the traditional unceded territory of the Coast Salish people-the ancestral home of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations-at 44 East Cordova Street in Vancouver.

Hours of operation

The centre is open from March 2018 - Fall 2018.  We are open Mon – Fri  from 9am – 5pm (hours subject to change).

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Contact

You can reach the Centre by calling them at: 604-356-8743