Drum Making With Culture Saves Lives June 12 and June 14 2018

Culture Saves Lives joined the DUDES Club in Vancouver for a two-day drum workshop. The men spent several hours cutting, punching, and stretching the elk hide. The first day was spent cutting and punching the hides. The second day was spent stretching the hides over cedar supports. Many thanks to John and Earl, from Culture Saves Live, who worked hard to share their knowledge of the drum with the men. 

 

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Eagle Valley Retreat, Squamish Valley, April 20 2018

If you were up early on Friday morning, April 20th, in front on the Vancouver Native Health Society you would of witnessed a group of men gathering. These men were eagerly awaiting vans to transport them to the annual DUDES Club retreat. This year the retreat was hosted by Eagle Valley Retreat and was located in Upper Squamish Valley, Squamish BC.

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Moose Hide Campaign’s7th annual Provincial Gathering and Day of Fasting (Victoria)

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On February 14th, people gathered in support of the Annual Women’s Memorial March on Main and Hastings. After participating in ceremony, Elders and family members of murdered and missing Indigenous women emerged from the Carnegie Center into the gathering and accompanying drumming and song. The group slowly moved along the annual route, beginning at Main and Hastings, through Gastown and then east down Hastings, stopping at various locations where women were last seen. During the march eagles were seen circling above.

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Visioning Retreat (Bowen Island)

On a brisk clear November morning a group of researchers, social workers, health practitioners and academics made their way via water taxi, car sharing, bicycling, and city transit, to Granville Island. The group was invited to take part in a Visioning Retreat at Xenia Creative Development Centre. Together, they boarded the vessel ‘Cormorant 1’ and headed out of English bay through the Burrard Inlet, into the entrance of the Howe Sound Fjord, toward Bowen Island, and docked in Snug Cove.

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West Moberly Retreat

On Thursday, October 26 three representatives from the Vancouver DUDES Club, Frank Cohn (Program Director), Sandy Lambert (Elder and External Liaison), and Jason Fitzpatrick (UNBC Placement Student) arrived in Fort St. John. The night was spent preparing presentations and mulling over the agenda for the retreat taking place at Cameron Lake in West Moberly over the next few days. 

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Loon Lake Retreat October 2017

On a bright and sunny afternoon, three vans left the Downtown Eastside and headed east toward Loon Lake. The remote location of the University of British Columbia research facility was apparent as the Dudes drove up the winding dirt road toward the isolated location of the Loon Lake Lodge and Retreat Center.

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The National Gathering for Graduate Students

The DUDES Club team was invited to present at the National Gathering for Graduate Students, Institute of Aboriginal Peoples Health, hosted by CIHR. The conference is hosted annually, and typically kept small and specific, so our team felt quite honoured to have been invited to present. Any opportunity to share the DUDES Club message is greatly appreciated. This gathering, in particular, was very valuable because we had the opportunity to talk to future health care professionals – people who hold the potential to make a large difference in indigenous peoples’ daily lives.

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Indigenous Health Conference: Lessons learned

And we’re off! Another trip to spread the word of the DUDES. Our team travelled to Toronto to present at the Indigenous Health Conference, held May 26-27th. This conference is one of the only Indigenous Health Conferences in the country – a great opportunity to network and share the DUDES experiences. Individuals from every province and territory in Canada, along with international visitors, were present. We connected with professionals from many areas such as health care, public policy, community engagement, and research.

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March 2016 Pilot Site Visit

In March the team visited the pilot sites from the 6th to 9th. We have a new team member on board, and it was her first time meeting all of the DUDES and providers – what a whirlwind way to put faces to names!

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First ever DUDES Retreat!

About a month ago, our team just returned from an amazing experience. We held our first ever DUDES Retreat! After months of planning and hard work, our dream came to life.

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DUDES Annual Health Fair 2015

On August 20th, The Dudes Club hosted its 4th Annual Men’s Health Fair at Vancouver Native Health Society, in the Downtown Eastside. It’s an annual opportunity to showcase the innovative work of the Dudes Club (www.dudesclub.ca) but, more importantly, to provide a welcoming environment for marginalized men to access critical health screening measures and learn more about health and wellness. This year, approximately 120 men were present many of whom were able to access prostate cancer screening (thanks to Dr. Chris Zappavigna from Vancouver General Hospital), screening for sexually transmitted infections (thanks to Vancouver Coastal Health outreach nurses), liver fibroscan (thanks to the Hep C program team at VNH), and blood pressure/cardiovascular assessments (thanks to the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation). For men who would normally not present to the clinic for preventative screening measures, this health fair is breaking down the barriers and hesitations that men face when considering their health.

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June 2015 Pilot Site Visits

On June 22nd our team flew to Prince George for a 48 hour trip to visit our pilot sites up North. We spent the first night in Prince George talking about the successes and challenges of the project, and wondering how our pilot sites were doing. The plan was to visit sites the next day, then drive to Smithers, then visit sites in Moricetown the next day. 

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Dude's Club and Men's Shed Gala in Winnipeg

On May 19th to May 22nd, our team travelled to Winnipeg, Manitoba, to co-host the Men's Depression and Suicide Network Gala: "Spaces & Places for Men" Community Approaches to Supporting Men's Wellness" with the Men's Sheds at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

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November 2014 Pilot Site Visit

On November 17th, several members of the Dudes Club Vancouver embarked on a 4 day trip up to Prince George, Smithers and Moricetown to talk to organizers, community members and stakeholders about launching local Dudes Clubs.

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