Central City Foundation is proud to be the funding partner of the new Indigenous Outdoor Sacred Healing Space at BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre.

Jennifer Johnstone spoke at the unveiling of the new space on November 16, 2016, where Indigenous women and their families will be able to gather and take part in cultural healing ceremonies that align with their own traditions and values while they are receiving excellent medical care at BC Women’s.

“We are truly grateful for the opportunity to be a funding partner on this project,” said Johnstone. “We are proud to support BC Women’s to set a new standard for Indigenous women’s health care by implementing this capital project that honours the true physical nature of traditional Indigenous cultural healing practices.”

CCF has a long history of partnership with BC Women’s Hospital, including working with the health clinic at the downtown eastside Vancouver Women’s Health Collective, the Fir Square Clinic at BC Women’s Hospital and now the Indigenous Outdoor Sacred Healing Space.

The funding that CCF provided included the commission of a totem pole carved by artist Calvin Hunt, featuring a woman warrior and was blessed by elders at the unveiling. The ceremony included a special tribute to honour of Cheryl Ward for her work in Indigenous cultural safety.

“Recognizing that art, culture and healing are inextricably linked, we believe that this space will tell the story of the rebirth and strength centred on Indigenous women and their children through this remarkable space,” added Johnstone.