Winter Wellness

Culture is Healing: Feeding the Spirit Winter Wellness Event

Decolonizing Our Health Through Culture and Traditional Food

Culture is Healing: Feeding the Spirit is an initiative led by YouthCO HIV and Hep C Society supported by the First Nations Health Authority. YouthCO has been operating for 21 years providing peer education and support to youth around HIV. 

The focus of the event is to bring Indigenous youth together from across the lower mainland to engage youth with culture, and traditional food preparation.

Participants will be involved in a one-day workshop with a group of ~ 80 youth.  During the workshop the participants will receive training on decolonizing our health through Indigenous perspectives, including safer sex practices, HIV, Hep C, and Harm Reduction.  At the end of the workshop the participants will have produced traditional food and have knowledge around preparation.

Notes about accessibility: 
-YouthCO will cover costs of food, and can reimburse for transit fares 
-The Scandinavian Community Centre is a wheelchair accessible space
-If ASL interpretation is required, please email us ASAP at
-If childcare is required, please email us ASAP at

Registration form is NOT required, please just RSVP :)

This event takes place on the unceded traditional and ancestral Coast Salish territories of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Sníchim-speaking Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation).

February 24, 2018 at 10am - 4pm
Scandinavian Cultural Centre
6540 Thomas St
Burnaby, BC v5b 4p9
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Kayla Mitchell · · 6046881441
Saige Flaumitsch Angel Grenkie Megan Newman Cheyenne McGinnis Jaymyn La Vallee

Will you come?

YouthCO's office is located on the unceded traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh people. Our programs take place on unceded, ancestral, and traditional territories of many Indigenous nations across what is now called BC.

YouthCO believes that all youth have the right to accessible and affirming information about our health. We also know each of us has a unique relationship to our bodies, sex, sexuality, substance use, and harm reduction. For many of us, the words other people use for our bodies and their functions are not the words we use for ourselves. Throughout our website, YouthCO uses words for bodies and sex that we know will not reflect the full diversity of our communities. We have tried to, where possible, be as expansive with our language as we know how to while being as specific as possible. As youth leading the HIV movement, we too are learning about the best words for our experiences and do not do this perfectly. We invite any feedback about the language used on our website to help us move forward in the best ways for all youth in our communities!