The Sweetgrass Clan acknowledges that indigenous people once had their territory, language, culture-vibrant and cohesive social, economic, and political systems held together by a spiritual worldview and a sacred response to Mother Earth and creation.
Sweetgrass's focus is the ongoing and increasing need to provide safety and security to our Downtown Eastside community.
Harmony is achievable by distributing essential resources to the people who need them most; we provide hygiene products, clothing, and children's supplies. We also offer connections to housing, mental health counselling, and re-connections to families in a non-violent and supportive way.
We are a visible presence on the streets of Vancouver and provide an early response to conflicts by providing conflict resolution, mobile witnessing, and maintaining citizen safety in these situations.
Most importantly, the Sweetgrass Clan recognizes that these values, traditions, and institutions remain viable today for the future of our youth.
(black eagle man)
I'm Cree from treaty four territory from the touchwood hills people, my mothers from kawacatoose my father from ochapowace.
Black eagle man was the name given to me by an elder at a sweat where I was given the honour as a protocol for pipe carrier. I have always known that I was to lead, and the reconnection of spirit thru culture and traditions was aligned back into our First Nations ways.
I am a Sixties Scoop Survivor, taken away at seven days old from my mother by the Canadian government to be assimilated into Canadian culture. I was fortunate to reconnect to my First Nations family at 20yrs of age after some horrific physical abuse along the way, and I am truly a survivor!
Recently my partner passed away from a Fentynal overdose leaving me with a 14 month and 4yr old boy to raise. At this time, my desire to help others turned my philanthropy into starting the sweetgrass clan.
Our non-profit organization helps the most vulnerable and homeless obtain food, clothing and other resources in our community.
My two boys, now 5 and 8, reside with me in Vancouver's downtown eastside, bc.
My name is Gorden Lawrence Kineguon. I was born February 2, 1965, on the Day Star First Nation in
Saskatchewan.Home of the Plains Cree.
I was placed into a foster home because of the sixties scoop.
I spent eight years there before I was placed into a residential school. I was in a foster home from 1971-1981 in
Wynyard Saskatchewan. from 1970-1972. And Balcarres, Saskatchewan from 1972-1980. I was in a residential school in Lebret, Sask. 1980-1981. Before I left, both to stay with my sister Delores in Saskatoon.
My name is Jenna Poorman, I come from ochapawace and kawacatoose on my dads side in Saskatchewan and nuučaanuł on my mother’s side on Vancouver Island. Being indigenous in a colonial time, intergenerational trauma is woven into our DNA. It is my goal to work through these intergenerational traumas in a cultural and healthy way; and then to share the process of healing with fellow neechies. By connecting with our most vulnerable, we realize they are just like anyone else, and this too could happen to you. Growing up with the nuučaanuł value hišukʔiš c̓awaak, “everything is one”, I believe that we are all equal in this world. In Tseshaht culture, our wealth was shown by how much we gave away, not by how much we possessed. I hope to share the wealth of my knowledge about healing from my own journey, and share the wealth of nourishment, clothing, and a listening ear to our most vulnerable and homeless population when they need it the most.