Big shout out to Vancouver Coastal Health and Pqusnalhcw Health Centre for hosting a cultural awareness event at Ullus in Mount Currie yesterday.
It was a really nice way for people to sit together, hear some Lil’wat stories, learn about traditional ways and language, hear the drums, and share a fabulous meal.
Many of the people who took part will have some professional association with Lil’wat . The focus of the cultural awareness event, however, was not about professional norms, statistics, or therapeutic approaches. It was a day of learning and sharing. As Pqusnalhcw Health Centre Director Rachel Andrews said: “I’m a paper person in my job. I spend all day at my computer dealing with paper. But today I’m reminded about who we are as Lil’wat and it brings tears to my eyes. I am so happy to share this with everyone.” I can only hope that VCH and Pqusnalhcw will do this again next year as there is so much value in learning through guided experience: it counters racial stereotypes that inhibit our ability to understand and have empathy for our neighbors.