55+ Programs and Highlights
Britannia Programs & Events
Even though our facilities are closed, we are offering several 55+ programs online. To view all of our current online programs, check out our event calendar by clicking here.
Check out our Resources page for resources on topics such as arts, recreation, health, mental health, LGBTQ2IA+, and more!
Addressing Racism: An independent investigation into Indigenous-specific discrimination in B.C. health care
On June 19, 2020, B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix appointed Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond to lead an independent investigation into allegations of racism in the province’s health care system. Turpel-Lafond and her team are currently working on that investigation. For more information, click here.
If you are Indigenous and want to share your specific story of experiencing or witnessing racism in the BC health care system, there are 3 ways you can take part:
- Complete the Online Survey (open until 4:00pm on August 6, 2020)
- Call 1.888.600.3078.
- Email .
Our Britannia 55+ team (Daniel Cook, Kya Prince and Anne Cowan) are here to support you if you have questions or need assistance to participate in the survey. If you need help you can reach us by calling 604-718-5800 (1) or emailing us at .
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 .
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, 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.
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.