55+ Programs and Highlights

Britannia Programs & Events

Even though our facilities are closed, we are offering several ongoing 55+ programs online. Contact Kya, Daniel or Anne to sign up and get Zoom details! 604-718-5837
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Cedar Weaving with Todd Devries Online

Every Wednesday afternoon Online WOCT Cedar Weaving Classes. Bracelets, headbands, baskets, roses and more.

329204        Wed         Mar 10-May 12       12:00-3:00pm

 

Elders Drum Circle Online

Seislom and Daniel invite you to join our weekly indigenous led drum circle, open to all peoples. Share medicine through virtual and onsite drumming, singing, and listening. While we practice physical distancing to keep our hearts beating, we can beat our drums and hearts together.

331058      Tue         Mar 16-Jun 29        5:30-7:00pm

 

Friday Virtual Social & Games

Online drop-in hangout for Elders and Seniors every Friday. Sometimes it's just a chat and on the last Friday of the month we play bingo. If you're home, as most of us are these days please feel free to join us online - everyone welcome! It's fun and social from the comfort of your home. Contact us for your online link and any support you may need to join us via your phone, i-pad or computer.

329205      Fri          Apr 2-Jun 25         3:00-4:00pm

 

Indigenous Crafts with Sabian

Indigenous Cultural Crafting Online with Sabian every Monday afternoon. Drumsticks, Dreamcatchers, Beadwork and more.

329203       Mon         Mar 15-May 10         12:00-3:00pm

 

Check out our Resources page for resources on topics such as arts, recreation, health, mental health, LGBTQ2IA+, and more!

 

VPL Online Event:

Discover Cedar Bark Weaving with Giihlgiigaa and Kung Jaadee

Friday, April 9    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Join us for a lunchtime demonstration from renowned Haida weaver Giihlgiigaa aka Todd Devries from the Tsiij Git'anne Clan. Using Western Red Cedar bark, Giihlgiigaa practises traditional techniques to create works of Northwest Coast art such as traditional and contemporary hats, baskets, bracelets and more. Listen to Giihlgiigaa tell the story of how he became a weaver, and chat about the history and techniques of working with cedar bark.

Giihlgiigaa will be joined by Kung Jaadee, Indigenous Storyteller in Residence, for this afternoon event.

Full details and registration.

 

Messages 4 Youth

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Britannia seniors and Elders have been receiving letters, drawings and poems from youth, all with messages of hope and encouragement. With graduation around the corner for some and another school year for others, would you like to respond with a similar message?

Whether you write about current events, what your youth was like, or you ask questions like ‘How has self-isolation effected you, and what have you been up to?’, all topics are encouraged as they will nurture the community. Email your submissions to .

 

Britannia Groups

HATTA: Healthy Aging Through the Arts

HATTA is a working collaboration of elders and professional artists. Together with Haida Artist Giihlgiigaa (Todd DeVries) Elders and others gather weekly with Britannia for a Cedar Hat Weaving Project. Start date: TBD. To apply contact Kya Prince at or 604.718.5800 (1).

View a video showing how to finish a cedar hat here.

 

Weaving Our Community Together

Weaving our Community Together (WOCT) brings Indigenous youth, elders and other community members together for mutual sharing, learning, connecting and growing. For more information, visit the WOCT page by clicking here.

 

55+  Cedar Weaving and Crafts

Every Wednesday from 12:00-1:00pm. New members always welcome. We also have weekly Zoom Gatherings and Chat groups, activities, resources and best of all good company. To stay in the loop, join our Facebook group here.

 

Quirk-e

Quirk-e, the Queer Imaging & Riting Kollective for Elders, is one of the founding groups of the Parks Boards Arts & Health projects. Members have worked together for the last 12 years to produce and electric and eclectic mix of artistic productions that have included, theatre, imagery, digital storytelling, spoken word and writing.

 

Community News & Resources

Together We Stand: Queer Elders Speak Out

Quirk-e's latest publication is out now! Together We Stand: Queer Elders Speak Out is a collection of memoir, poetry, play-writing, graphic stories, travel tales, and political action stories from the experiences of 21 LGBTQ2S+ elders. The theme running throughout is how to build and maintain a queer writing, activist group that will give your voice space and support. Here's your chance to consider joining the telling of queer stories and the sharing of queer history as well as to enjoy ours. 

You can order it directly from the publisher at Lulu.com. It is available in print and as an eBook. You can also order Together We Stand: Queer Elders Speak Out from your favourite local bookstore.

 

COVID Comedies

Check out these short videos from Jill that might bring a little laughter and lift your spirits. Jill is a member of Britannia's creative and innovative Quirk-e. Thanks to Jill and her production crew for sharing your comedies with us!

View Self-isolation Spirits here.

View Self-isolation Blancmange here.

 

Living Life to the Full (60yrs+)

Offered by CMHA BC Division, Living Life to the Full is a free online mental health promotion course designed to help you deal with everyday life challenges. The course is not a therapeutic intervention. It's a skill-building course designed for everyone with low mood or for people experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of depression and anxiety. Click this link to see if this program is rights for you and to register. Registration by August 3rd.

 

Choose to Move

Simple exercise and movement from home. To try this program recommended by UBC Pathways to Connections, click here.

 

Eagle Feather — Myra Pierre's Story

Myra Pierre is a recipient of the DTES Small Arts Grants. Her collection of poetry, A Rising of Voices and Other Poems, is available now at the Vancouver Public Library. To watch a video about Mya, click here.