Britannia Salish Community Honouring Ceremony

I was very honoured today to witness the Britannia Honouring Ceremony, where community members were blanketed in recognition of their work with at risk youth and in many other fields. The traditional Coast Salish ceremony included drumming and singing and is just one example of the grassroots work for reconciliation taking place in our city- Geoff Meggs, Deputy Mayor (via facebook)

I was so happy to be able to take part in Salish Ceremony in my own neighbourhood. This was a great experience, and I hope these types of opportunities continue- Indigenous Elder


On February 28th Britannia hosted its first ever Salish Honouring Ceremony. This inclusive, Salish-style ceremony was an opportunity to hold up the individuals who go above and beyond in our community.
Under the direction of Sam George and Kat Norris, recognized Salish cultural leaders, the Britannia Community Honouring Ceremony recognized a diverse group, consisting of residents, staff and volunteers who were nominated by their peers, fellow community members, friends and/or colleagues to represent the collective achievements of our community through their own valued contributions. The ceremony was intended to reflect the spirit of the Reconciliation and Inclusion work currently underway at Britannia which aims to build on local strengths and engage the various parts of our neighbourhood to create meaningful and sustainable change.
Witnesses included Deputy Mayor, Geoff Meggs, VPL Manager Megan Langley, VSB District Principal for Aboriginal Education, Don Fiddler, Vancouver Park Board General Manager, Malcolm Bromley,and Danica Djurkovic, City of Vancouver.

John Pozdik, or “Tall John,” is a lifelong community volunteer, having volunteered since the age of 14 locally in places including Mt. Pleasant Elementary, BYRC, and programs at Britannia. He lives in Vancouver and currently works in construction. (Nominated by Britannia VPL)
Andrew Coombes has 12 years experience working in the field of mental health and addictions with at-risk youth. For the last five years he has worked with dedication and compassion doing street outreach to at-risk youths in the Britannia area. (Nominated by Britannia VPL)
Allan Williams Jr, or AJ, is well-known and connected in the East Vancouver community. He is a familiar face at Britannia, Raycam, and the Aboriginal Friendship Centre. You might recognize him at community events, sharing his drumming and dancing along with his family as the Four Fires Society. (Nominated by Britannia VPL)
Annie Danilko was born in Queen Charlotte City in 1961 and lived in Masset, BC until she was 12. Annie moved to Vancouver in 2003 to be with family and started working for the community at the GV Food Bank. Annie has shared her time mentoring youth at Off The Grill, volunteering and participating in Elder’s programs and preparing food to share at community events. (Nominated by Grandview-Woodland Food Connection)
Bill Lightbown is a Haida-Kootenay Elder who has lived in the Commercial Drive area on and off since he first moved here at the age of 15. Bill attended high school at Britannia and was a regular at the Grandview Pool Hall. Bill recalls how some of his first encounters with racism in this neighbourhood motivated him to get involved in politics and dedicate his life to improving the conditions for Indigenous peoples in Canada, alongside his partner, Lavina. In April, Bill will be turning 90. Some of his accomplishments include helping to create the BC Association of Non-Status Indians (later the UNN) and Vancouver Native Housing. He was also a prominent figure in the 1995 Gustafsen Lake Standoff. Bill continues his service to this neighbourhood, sharing his vast knowledge with younger generations, combatting social isolation (if you sit next to him on the bus, be prepared to have a conversation) and volunteering as a director for ALIVE and the North West Indigenous Council. Haida Gwaii is home to Bill. (Nominated by “Our Place”)
Lori Snyder works as our resident Indigenous herbalist and on the carving Pavilion Garden. Lori is also working closely with the Britannia garden program and Outreach Alternative in the carving pavilion garden and in class. Lori leads Britannia towards innovative food practices with her strong vision of a re-indigenized food system. Her projects include the planting of indigenous berry bushes all around the site and the community where people can freely harvest healthy Indigenous food.(Nominated by Grandview-Woodland Food Connection)
Anne Prince – also known as ‘Annie’ is Residential School Survivor from the Takla Lake First Nation. She is Beaver clan and her traditional name is Kqueast. She is a mother, grandmother, and great, great, great aunt.
She has been a resident of metro Vancouver since 1965 and dedicated her life and career to helping people.Today Anne continues to work as an Urban Aboriginal Learning Outreach Facilitator where she assists people, of Aboriginal ancestry, prepare for higher learning and employment and is a valued member and leader in the Britannia 55+ Centre. (Nominated by Britannia Seniors)
Todd DeVries also known by his Haida name “Giihlgiigaa” shares his skills, knowledge, and stories with others in Britannia’s weaving circles. He welcomes everyone, young and old into his classes and reminds us he does not “own” the skills. His patience, humour, and cultural sharing makes everyone feel welcome and included. (nominated by Britannia seniors)
Yukiko Tosa is the long-time director of the Britannia VPL branch. She is a graduate of Britannia Secondary School, where she began her advocacy as a student, working together with fellow students and her teacher Mr. Minichiello to begin the development of the vibrant community space that Britannia has become. She remains a passionate promoter of the young people in this changing community, working to create opportunities for everyone in the community to feel included and to succeed. (Nominated by Britannia Board)
Rebecca Jules is a community advocate. In her work at Britannia, she has connected with and advocated for many of the hardest to reach youth. She has provided opportunities, teachings, and safe spaces, encouraged positive lifestyle choices, and connected youth to services, programs and adult mentors. She also worked with the community to educate in cultural practices and understanding. (Nominated by Britannia Youth)

Join us for Reconciliation in Action 2015

 Aboriginal Life In Vancouver Enhancement (ALIVE) Society and Our Place are pleased to invite you to participate in the second annual Reconciliation in Action: Where Change Happens Community Celebration. This community-powered event will bring together residents, civil society groups, government, local businesses and community leaders on June 19th, 2015 from 3:00pm to 6:00pm – to celebrate and share community aspirations and successes, as well as innovative community strategies. 

The event is participatory and interactive, featuring a range of fun, family-friendly games and activities, as well as live performances and an Aboriginal artists market.


B.C.’s Representative for Children and Youth

Sto:lo Tribal Council Grand Chief and Chair of the First Nations Health Council


First Nations Summit Task Force


Vancouver City Council

MC: Ernie Crey
President of the North West Indigenous Council, advisor to the Sto:lo Tribal Council

Check out last year’s event:  Reconciliation in Action 2014

And watch last years panelist interview: Where Change Happens Panelist Interviews

RSVP to Reconciliation in Action 2015 on Facebook

Download the Invitation in PDF

You’re invited to: Kids, Cars and Cops

A Fundraiser for Naskarz!!!


Kids, Cars and Cops

When: October 28th, 2014 4:00-6:00 PM 

Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre

NASKARZ is finishing off another great year with a fundraiser at the beautiful Roundhouse Community Centre in Vancouver. Our Kids, Cars and Cops: What could go wrong?  event onOctober 28th, 2014, organized in partnership with Vancouver Police Foundation, hopes to raise $60,000 for the 2015 NASKARZ season. We invite you to join us on this date, celebrate the past successes and support our young people in the future. 


Join us for a meet and greet with participants from 4:00 to 6:00pm (all ages); from 6:00pm onwards we are hosting an (adults only) with wine, refreshments, speakers anda Silent Auction!

NASKARZ (Never Again Steal KarZ) is a dynamic program for high-risk youth in Vancouver’s Inner City. Created by the community to deal with the high impact of auto-theft, the program works with youth to provide positive peer support, social activities and the skills  needed to work in the auto mechanics field. Youth who have been involved in auto theft and joyriding work alongside car enthusiasts, kids interested in car culture, police and youth workers to learn the fundamentals of vehicle repair. 

 Charitable Tax Receipts available for donations over $20 from Ray-Cam Community Association #10787 4299 RR0001

ALIVE DTES LAP Community Forum

The DTES Local Area Plan is slated to go before Vancouver City Council on March 12th. This plan will create a vision and strategy for shaping the future of the Downtown Eastside Community. 

ALIVE is pleased to present a community forum to bring the voice of the grassroots to the local area planning process. This forum will bring together community members to discuss the contents of the Local Area Plan, and share our visions for the future of our community.

City of Vancouver planners will be on hand to present the DTES Local Area Plan and address your questions and concerns. Food and refreshments will be provided. All welcome.

Join our event on facebook!



Vancouver Foundation Partners for Gen 7 Project, and introducing Vancouver’s 2014 Gen 7 Messengers!


The Vancouver Foundation has recently joined ALIVE and our partners (including Motivate Canada, Parks Board, the City of Vancouver, the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and 8 Vancouver Community Centres) in supporting the Gen 7 Aboriginal Youth Role Model Program. We are pleased to have the support of the Vancouver Foundation on this exciting project, and are looking forward to see how Gen 7 grows and develops in the new year!

At this time, we would also like to introduce the 2014 Gen 7 Youth Messengers and some of the fantastic team members supporting them in this project:

From the back left row: Jacky Hendry, Mark Clayton, Jordan Guy, Phabion Sutherland, Brittany Ross, Rebekah Wilson National Office, Raven Hall, Front Row: Joyce Wesley, Elder Lorelei Hawkins, Sherrie Gladstone and Jenelle McMillan Program Coordinator.


GEN 7 Fundraiser @ Pidgin Restaurant

On November 5th, 2013, ALIVE, with the much-appreciated support of Pidgin restaurant, hosted a fundraiser to support the growth of our innovative Gen7 youth role model program.  Currently in its second round, we have expanded the program to include three more community centres and three additional youth for a total of 8 Gen 7 Messengers in 8 CCs. The turnout was excellent!


In attendance were local residents, city councillors, representatives from Motivate Canada/ Gen7, CUPE, the First Nations Employment Society (FNES), the Inner City Safety Society, and many more! We would like to thank everyone for their help in growing  GEN7.

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