Kílala Lelum (Urban Indigenous Health and Healing Cooperative) aims to partner Indigenous Elders with physicians and allied health professionals to provide physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual care to the community in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Our model of care represents our united vision of trying to promote health equity and wellness for our members on the DTES. We work to achieve this by providing culturally safe, trauma-informed and Elder-led services, which reflect the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. As we do our work, we are guided by our values of equity and wellness, respect, kindness, indigenous culture, love, Elder leadership, and, especially important, laughter. Each staff member and community member involved at our centre plays an important role in achieving our vision.