Elders Cultural Support Team

Ray ThunderchildThe Indian Residential School Survivor Society (IRSSS) has a team of seventeen Elders in B.C. who are qualified to provide guidance at gatherings, ceremonies, and workshops in the following cultural and spiritual activities:

  • Smudging
  • Language
  • Sweat Lodges
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Long House
  • Translating
  • Traditional Medicines and Therapies
  • Traditions and Protocol
  • Healing and Sharing Circles
  • Holistic Wellness Plans

Elders Support Network: In addition to the spiritual and cultural workshops and counselling services provided by our Elders support team, they are active in the community providing guidance and support to clients who are involved in the Independent Assessment Process (IAP) and NSP processes.

The image above is our Cultural Support Worker Ray Thunderchild providing valuable cultural teachings at Red Road HIV AIDS Network Society. If your organization requires cultural support through the IRSSS, please fill out the service/workshop request form.

B.C. Communities Served by the Elders Support Team

Fort St. James/Prince George
North Vancouver
Hazelton South
Port Alberni
Hazelton North

Sam George - Vancouver Coastal
Eddie Gardner - Fraser
Gertrude Pierre - Vancouver Coastal/Sunshine Coast
Ben David - Vancouver Island
Ray Thunderchild - Vancouver Coastal
Eric Mitchell - Interior/Fraser
June Shackley - Interior/Fraser
Charon Spinks - Interior/Fraser
Tom Smith - Vancouver Coastal
Mary Thomas - North
Doreen Sterling - Interior
Christine Marchand - Interior/Fraser