The 42nd Annual Elder’s Gathering

Cowichan Tribes is honoured to be hosting the 42nd Annual BC Elders Gathering on our traditional territory, July 10, 11, and 12, 2018, at the Island Savings Centre in Duncan, BC. This year’s reigning King and Queen, Ed and Juanita Elliott, are looking forward to welcoming Elders from First Nations throughout BC.

We hope you enjoy yourselves during these three days as you connect with one another and gain inspiration in your roles as Elders to share your wisdom, culture and history. There will be a full schedule of activities based on our theme: ‘I tst ‘o’ hwun’ ‘I (We are still here).

Introducing the Coyote Story

Using Indigenous Storytelling to talk about Healthy Medication Use

Storytelling is a traditional way to share knowledge and wisdom. At this Elders’ Gathering, we want to share a new story with you – ‘Coyote’s Food Medicines’ . The coyote teaches us how healthy use of medicines helps maintain wellbeing and balance.

Developing the Story

The ‘Coyote’s Food Medicines’ story was developed after Secwepemc’ulcw Elders met in July 2016 to share their thoughts on their community’s use of medicines. It was during this conversation, that Elder Jean William gave her impression “In the past, our Elders didn’t take lots of medication, mostly just aspirin. But now cupboards look like pharmacy shelves.” From this conversation and the guiding words of the Secwepemc’ulcw Elders, the ‘Coyote’s Food Medicines’ story emerged.

Meet the Elders and Learn More

Hear from the Secwepemc’ulcw Elder Jean William at a 9:00 a.m. plenary on July 11th at the Elders’ Gathering.  She’ll share the Coyote Story and will be joined with a physician, pharmacist and nurse about how to manage medications to stay well. At our booth, you’ll find copies of the story and materials to help you track your medications, as well as tips on how to talk about your medications with your health providers. Staff from the First Nations Health Authority and Doctors of BC who partnered on this project will also be on hand to answer questions.

Our hope is that you will join us to provide feedback and add further wisdom to conversations about medication use. See you there.


Greetings Elders, friends, and relatives!

We are excited to welcome everyone to our beautiful Cowichan Tribes territory. An important feature of the gathering is the Elders Grand Entry.
There will be volunteers carrying large visible signs organized in sequence with the Regional Health Authority boundary names – NORTH, INTERIOR, FRASER, VANCOUVER COASTAL, and VANCOUVER ISLAND. Please organize your respective Elders/First Nation according to the health authority boundaries.


  • The Elders Grand Entry will start at 9:00 am on July 10 and will take place at the Island Savings Centre Arena. We are aiming to conclude the Elders Grand Entry by 11:00 am.
  • There will be an official announcement at 7:45 am for all Elders and First Nation communities to start preparing for the Elders Grand Entry, and a reminder announced every 15 minutes leading up to the 9:00 am start.
  • There will be 2 dressing rooms available inside the arena located on the northeast side of the arena. Female Elders can use Dressing Room # 4 and Male Elders can use Dressing Room # 5.
  • The Elders Grand Entry will start outside the arena doors at the northwest side of the arena. All Elders will proceed inside the arena in a counter-clockwise direction, and exit through the doors on the northeast side.
  • Once exited all Elders can gather back inside the arena through the east entrance or back through the northwest doors.
  • Please see the facility map for an outline of the Elders Grand Entry procession, and the arena/door locations.


  • The King and Queen – Ed and Juanita Elliott, will be in the lead of the Elders Grand Entry and led by a circle of Cowichan Singers, and ushered by the RCMP Red Serge.
    • All Cowichan Tribes Elders will follow directly behind King Ed Elliott and Queen Juanita Elliott.
  • Each First Nation will enter the arena in the following order:
    • NORTH – 1st
    • INTERIOR – 2nd
    • FRASER – 3rd
  • Each First Nation is welcomed to start singing a ceremonial song once they have reached the cedar arch into the arena.
    • Once in the arena each First Nation has 2 ½ minutes to complete a ceremonial song.
    • The procession must keep moving through the arena, and be mindful and respectful of all the Elders and communities that are participating.


  • The Opening Prayer and Cultural/Welcoming Formalities will start directly after the Elders Grand Entry at approximately 11:00 am.
  • The Masters of Ceremony (MCs) will be Ron George, Charlie George, JJ Allen, and Stuart Pagaduan. The MCs will be providing overall direction for the Elders Grand Entry.
    • Derek Thompson and Audrey George will be the Floor and Stage Managers for the Elders Grand Entry.
  • Taking the summer weather into consideration we want to be mindful of all of the Elder’s health and wellness, and so it is important that everyone keep active and moving, drink plenty of water, and to ask for help if needed.
    • During the Elders Grand Entry there will be Registered Nurses and St. John’s Ambulance workers positioned inside and outside the arena, as well as water stations, portable toilets, and numerous volunteers.
  • Once the Elders Grand Entry has concluded all Elders and participants are encouraged to be promptly seated back inside the arena in order to commence welcoming ceremonies.


Inn Of The Sea Resort


3600 Yellow Point Rd

Ladysmith, BC V9G 1E8
Phone: (250) 245-0257

Quamichan Lakehouse Bed and Breakfast


1729 Westlock Rd,

Duncan, BC V9L 5N8
Phone: (250) 710-2360



140 Trans-Canada Hwy,

Duncan, BC V9L 3P7
Phone: (250) 748-4311

Riverside Cabins


3065 Allenby Rd,

Duncan, BC V9L 6V8
Phone: (250) 746-4352

Quality Inn Waddling Dog


2476 Mt Newton Cross Rd,

Saanichton, BC V8M 2B8
Phone: (250) 652-1146

Three-Bedroom House


3678 Cowichan Lake Rd,

Duncan, BC V9L 6K4
Phone: (250) 746-7725

Moon Water Lodge


265 Trans-Canada Hwy,

Malahat, BC V0R 2L0
Phone: (778) 432-3123

Malahat Bungalows Motel


300 Trans-Canada Hwy,

Malahat, BC V0R 2L0
Phone: (250) 478-3011

Cedar Springs Ranch


230 Trans Canada Hwy 1,

Malahat, BC V0R2L0

Phone: (250) 478-3332

The Westin Bear Mountain Gold Resort & Spa


1999 Country Club Way,

Victoria, BC V9B 6R3
Phone: (250) 391-7160

Four Points by Sheraton Victoria Gateway


829 McCallum Rd,

Victoria, BC V9B 6W6
Phone: (250) 474-6063

Howard Johnston Hotel and Suites Victoria Elk Lake


4670 Elk Lake Dr,

Victoria, BC V8Z 5M2
Phone: (250) 704-4656

Red Lion Inn & Suites Victoria


3366 Douglas St,

Victoria, BC V8Z 3L3
Phone: (250) 475-7575



123 Gorge Rd E,

Victoria, BC V9A 1L1
Phone: (250) 386-1422

Hotel Zed


3110 Douglas St,

Victoria, BC V8Z 3K4
Phone: (250) 388-4345

Cherry Tree Inn


4879 Cherry Tree Bend,

Victoria, BC V8Y 1S1
Phone: (250) 658-5611

Ocean Island Inn Backpackers Suites


791 Pandora Ave,

Victoria, BC V8W 1N9
Phone: (250) 385-1789

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Victoria


318 Wale Rd,

Colwood, BC V9B 0J8
Phone: (250) 385-7829

Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa


849 Verdier Ave,

Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1C5
Phone: (250) 544-2079


Heritage Hall

Heritage Hall Island Savings Centre
Heritage Hall

Ice Arena

Multi-Purpose Hall

Multi-Purpose Hall Island Savings Centre
Multi-Purpose Hall Island Savings Centre


Cowichan Valley District Hospital

3045 Gibbins Road
Duncan, BC  V9L1E5

(250) 737-2030


Beverly Medical Clinic

2763 Beverly Street
Duncan, BC V9L6X2
Open Monday to Friday 6 pm, Saturday & Sunday 1 pm

Cowichan Way Clinic

291 Cowichan Way
Duncan, BC V9L4T8
Open Monday 8:30 am-5pm
Tuesday to Thursday 8:30 am to 8 pm
Friday 9am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday’s clinic is closed

Valleyview Centre

1400 Cowichan Bay Rd#27
Cobble Hill, BC V0R1L0
Open Monday to Friday 9 am- 12 pm & 1 pm to 6 pm
Saturday 9 am to 3 pm & Sunday 10 am to 3 pm


Island Pharmacy

Duncan, BC
(250) 746-7494
Open until 5:30pm

Shoppers Drug Mart

Duncan, BC
(250) 746-6118
Open until 12 am

Walmart Pharmacy

Duncan, BC
(250) 748-1226
Open until 9 pm

Drugstore Pharmacy

Duncan, BC
(250) 746-0535
Open until 10 pm


Grocery Store
Duncan, BC
(250) 746-3993
Open until 11 pm

Thrifty Foods

Duncan, BC
(250) 715-2654
Open until 8 pm

Kenneth Street Pharmacy

Duncan, BC


Duncan, BC
(250) 748-5252
Open until 6 pm

London Drugs

Pharmacy · Duncan Village
Duncan, BC
(250) 709-9910
Open until 10 pm



For Elders


  • EARLY Registration Deadline: May 25th, 2018
  • Late Registration Fee (After May 18th, 2018 at 4:30pm)= $185
  • Cancellation: The cancellation deadline for Registration, tours and the Bingos will be June 15th, 2018
  • No fees will be returned after above cancellation date. *EXCEPT under certain circumstances such as a passing on of an elder and the group needs to stay home to support community/family*.
  • Confirmation Number: All applicants will be emailed immediately upon receipt of their registration form with a confirmation number that can be used if and when it becomes necessary to cancel.


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