At Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, we have been making Mount Pleasant a better place to live for over three decades. We believe in our neighbourhood and in the ability and the right of its members to enhance their lives. Working together we are a stronger, healthier neighbourhood.

Aboriginal Gatherings







Flickr photo courtesy of Province of British Columbia

Kwayatsut Community Engagement

We just retained funding to continue for the 2017-2018 year for the Kwayatsut Community Engagement group. The group welcomes Aboriginal youth and adults who have experiences of displacement, and who would like to work on their mental health wellness and substance-use reduction, using Aboriginal cultural practices. We are defining and determining our community’s best approach to wellness through sharing experiences and creating opportunities to contribute to the health and wellness of the community through community engagement initiatives.


Re-surfacing History: Land and Life in Mount Pleasant

We have received a Social Innovation grant supported by the Vancouver Foundation to initiate a community process that identifies factors that interfere with developing and sustaining ongoing cultural connections, and inheriting traditional knowledge for urban Aboriginal people. The initiative includes addressing the historical context which has affected where and when culture and teachings are transferred. A community engagement process will invite all community members to learn the importance of harvesting traditional plants as food and medicine.


Reconciliation at Mount Pleasant Neigbhourhood House

MPNH staff and volunteers spent a day of training to learn about the historical impacts of colonization and how urban Aboriginal people living in Mount Pleasant can be better understood by having a greater understanding of the impacts of policies affecting community members’ lives. We are working on a printed report of the ongoing resilience strategy that includes MPNH’s step-by-step action plan for what it looks like for us and why this work is meaningful to staff.

To learn more about Reconciliation and MPNH involvement read: Fire Across the Land


Queen Alexandra School Community Garden

Ongoing work will be taking place in the garden on the school grounds at Clark Drive and East Broadway. We will be tying some of the work from the Re-surfacing History project to include a local Indigenous plant diva—Cease Wyss! There will be plenty of opportunities to volunteer and engage with the native plants and the enhanced food beds created to harvest and eat in celebration of the garden throughout the summer and the into the fall.

Harvest Celebration

Friday, October 20, 4–6 p.m.
Queen Alexandra School Garden
(1300 East Broadway)



Flickr photo courtesy of Lillian Bennett

MPNH would like to acknowledge that we are on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. Acknowledging territory shows recognition of and respect for Aboriginal People—both in the past and present. Recognition and respect are essential elements of the establishing healthy, reciprocal relations. These relations are key to reconciliation, a process to which Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House is committed. 

For more information contact
Jolene Andrew: 
phone: 604.879.8208 ext 139