Healing space opens for families and survivors affected by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

It has been named "Saa-ust" Centre, which means "to lift up" in Coast Salish.

Through the newly opened Saa-ust Centre, trauma-informed counselling services, ceremony space, and access to Elders and Knowledge Keepers will be made available to families and survivors affected by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.  Opened on March 18, the healing centre is a collaboration between the City of Vancouver and community and government partners and is located on the traditional unceded territory of the Coast Salish people-the ancestral home of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations-at 44 East Cordova Street in Vancouver.  A City of Vancouver press release provides more information.

Uplifting Indigenous Families Fund was established with Vancity Community Foundation and is now accepting donations. The Fund will contribute to wholistic supports for families who are participating in the National Inquiry and will provide support for ongoing healing.