Indigenous 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.

The Indigenous Healing and Wellness Grants program supports projects that provide traditional, spiritual, and cultural healing and wellness activities in Vancouver's urban Indigenous community.

Current status Closed
Next application deadline

Fall 2019

What is a traditional Indigenous healing approach?

“Access to traditional and culturally appropriate health care practices is equally, if not more important, than access to mainstream non-Indigenous health care. There is a need for Indigenous -specific programs in the DTES, with all services being able to provide traditional, spiritual and cultural health and healing supports.”  Indigenous 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)
    • First Nations band
  • Must have an independent, active governing body composed of volunteers. The bylaws must have provisions that no Board director can be remunerated for being a director; staff members cannot be voting members of the Board or Executive
  • Must have the demonstrated functional capacity and sufficient resources to deliver the services and programs to which the City is being asked to contribute
  • Must demonstrate accommodation, welcomeness and openness to people of all ages, abilities, sexual orientation, gender identities (including trans*, gender-variant and two-spirit people), ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, religions, languages, under-represented communities and socio-economic conditions in its policies, practices, and programs, except in instances where the exclusion of some group is required for another group to be effectively targeted
  • Must achieve a minimum of 1:1 leverage from other sources, which can include support from other funders and/or institutions, as well as staff time, space and material donated or provided by other organizations to support the project
  • The program for which funding is being sought must be located in Vancouver or, if not, must demonstrate it is primarily serving residents of Vancouver.
  • A significant percentage of the people to be supported through the grant activities must be Indigenous.
  • A minimum of 80% of the City grant must be spent on honorariums, contracts or salaries for Elders or other traditional knowledge keepers (compensation for services must be reasonable and on par with similar programs).
  • The program for which funding is being sought must have been in existence for a minimum of 18 months prior to the application.

Grant documents (for reference only)

Questions? Contact the Social Policy Grants team at or 604-829-2007.

Contact the Social Policy and Projects Division

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