DTES HONORING ELDERS POW WOW on Sat Oct 15 in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

PHS (Portland Hotel Society) Community Services Society’s DTES Honoring Elder’s Pow Wow committee, invite you to share with us, a celebration to honor our elders who reside in the DTES with a traditional style pow wow.

Our elders come from all across ndn country, and rarely make it out to cultural events, so PHS Community Services Society pow wow committee want to bring a cultural celebration to them!

It will be held in the new park, protected by large tenting. Hope you can make it!

*The committee, respectfully invited our Tuesday night drums groups and dancers to participate.

Love Medicine
Indian Time
Sitting Still Thunder
Oceanside Dakota

HOST DRUM: Oceanside Dakota who have support DTES events, actions over the years.

*DANCERS: Who will share about their style of dance:
(confirmed thus far:)

Curtis Joe: Men’s Chicken Dance
Riannon Nahanee: Women’s Fancy
Will Visser: Men’s Fancy
Jr. Waskewitch: Men’s Grass

Invited: Unconfirmed:
Keith Nahanee: Men’s Traditional
Women’s Traditional: Gloria Nahanee
Robin Prince: Women’s Jingle

VENDORS INFO: This event an exhibition style Pow Wow, no commercial tables please, but local artists can bring their own blanket to display their arts and crafts


Emcee in Training: Ian Bee
Assisted by John Miller

Below are photos of hard working Downtown Eastside residents working on transforming the empty lot to a beautiful community gathering space.

The Portland Hotel Society is a non-profit organization that was created in 1993 to advocate, develop and implement creative and responsive services for persons living with concurrent disorders.

The Portland Hotel itself was initiated in 1991 by Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Residents Association (DERA). The Association converted a local hotel and named it after the US city of Portland, where Canadian organizers had been inspired by housing programs for homeless people. The facility was transferred to the Portland Hotel Society on its completion. The program moved to a new building (re-named the Portland Hotel) in the downtown eastside in 1999.

The program is funded by the British Columbia Housing and Mortgage Corporation (a provincial Crown corporation) and the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.

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