The HOpe Centre is situated on the traditional territory of the Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations and was created in collaboration with Squamish Nation, Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Vancouver Coastal Health.
Spiritual leaders of the Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations blessed the land where the HOpe Centre is located prior to the construction of the building, and a Coast Salish Traditional ceremony was held to bless the space prior to the opening of the Sacred Space.
Following the teachings of the Coast Salish peoples, the HOpe Centre Sacred Space is for all faiths, customs and beliefs to share, and it is part of VCH?s commitment to provide cultural safe services.
The Sacred Space is available for patients/clients and their families, friends and Elders to support the integration of traditional, spiritual and cultural practices such as prayer, meditation, and spiritual ceremonies, including drumming and ceremonial use of traditional medicines into their health care services.
The Sacred Space makes use of design elements of water, cedar, stone and earth to reflect Coast Salish traditional and cultural connections. The interior structure is reflective of the Coast Salish Longhouse, which plays a significant role in the culture of the Coast Salish peoples. The four columns inside the Sacred Space represent cedar trees. The wall planks, lighting and other elements are meant to provide a reflective connection with the land of the Coast Salish peoples.
Clients and families can learn more about opportunities to integrate their personal culture, spirituality, and/or traditional practices into their health care services through conversations with their health care team members (e.g. physicians, nurses, allied health team members) and through contacting support services such as