Promoting Inclusion for Indigenous Elders from all Nations in Surrey (FRAFCA)
The sub-project intends to build up individual Indigenous Elders’ self-esteem, confidence and pride in their Indigenous culture through access to cultural opportunities such as star blanket-making, nature walks, drum-making, traditional food preparation, gardening based on Indigenous foods, participating at the annual Elders Gathering, and regional powwows/cultural gatherings. Elders will also be supported to access mainstream recreation and other inter-cultural opportunities such as visiting seniors programming at the local library, rec centres, museums and other cultural centres like mosques and temples. By year two, Elders will be built up to lead cultural exchange opportunities where they share their crafts, stories and food with non-Indigenous seniors. It is intended that by strengthening Elders to feel pride in their Indigenous culture and nurturing them to share their culture, we will promote appreciation and awareness of Indigenous culture among both Indigenous and non-Indigenous seniors and Elders and the Surrey broader community.
The sub-project focus is currently shifted to respond to COVID 19 and support Elders’ emergency needs. This entails weekly wellness phone calls, personalized grocery and essentials shopping and support connecting to needed services.
Name: Lisa Denton
Phone Number: 604-789-3025