Welcome to the
Vancouver Native Health Society Website!

Vancouver Native Health Society (VNHS) was established in 1991 with a mission to improve and promote the health of individuals with a focus on the Aboriginal community residing in Greater Vancouver.

Today, Vancouver Native Health Society delivers comprehensive medical, counselling and social services generally to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Aboriginal community. The majority of our clients struggle with overlapping issues and con-current health issues such as substance abuse, mental health, chronic disease, homelessness and poverty.

Over the past 25 years, Vancouver Native Health Society has grown into a well-known and respected community based organization. We deliver unique programs and services from the four quadrants of the medicine wheel: the physical, the emotional, the spiritual and the mental aspects of the individual. Please explore our many programs and services highlighted through out this website.


Feature Program - Aboriginal Cancer Care

Cancer Care Program PosterThe Aboriginal Cancer Care Program was launched by VNHS in response to the rising incidence of cancer among the Aboriginal population. The program aims to build a community of support for individuals who receive a cancer diagnosis, their families and loved ones as well as cancer survivors.

The Cancer Care Program also aims to:

  • Increase awareness, prevention and screening opportunities for early detection of cancer,
  • Create partnerships with existing cancer agencies and programs to build a culturally supportive cancer program within the Medicine Wheel’s four quadrants, and
  • Build on the strengths of Aboriginal people in managing their cancer journey.  

The program offers monthly Healthy Kitchens to teach healthy eating and nutrition to help aid the healing and recovery from cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation. Other programs such as Healing Circles, Educational Forums, Peer Support training and Healthy Living Activities are some more activites the program provides on an ongoing basis.

Learn more about the Aboriginal Cancer Care Program

We acknowledge the financial support from the Aboriginal Health Initiative (AHIP) program at Vancouver Coastal Health.

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