The Tu'wusht Project
The Tu'wusht Project has been a great success since its inception in 2005. It was formerly known as the, "Urban Aboriginal Community Kitchen/Garden Project". The project was given the name Tu'wusht by Coast Salish Elder, Corrine Mitchell in 2013. Tu'wusht in the Tla'amin Coast Salish dialect means We Belong!
The Tu'wusht Project is a beautiful Indigenous led initiative connecting people to food and nature. This community inclusive initiative focuses on the urban Aboriginal population who face the most barriers in accessing natural environment and appropriate nutritious traditional foods. Participants receive the opportunity to engage in food sustenance development through community kitchen and land based activities in growing, procuring, preserving food while connecting with traditional Indigenous knowledge.
Reclaiming Indigenous space Holistically Connecting to Mother Earth......
- To provide a safe cultural learning and sharing environment for community participants of all ages.
- As well as increasing the participants knowledge in food sustenance building self sustainability benefitting the health of current and future generations.
- Tu'wusht project strives to carry out and maintain the Mission of Vancouver Native Health Society which is "to improve and promote the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health of individuals, focusing on the Aboriginal community residing in Greater Vancouver"
Tu'wusht hosts 2 weekly activity days on Tuesdays and Fridays 50 weeks of the year.
There is an abundance of on-going activities and opportunities from season to season.
-Tu'wusht Project activities mainly take place at the UBC Farm which is on traditional Musqueam First Nations territory located at 3461 Ross Drive Vancouver (UBC South Campus).
Community built structures include a traditional smokehouse, tee pee and tool shed.