We acknowledge that we still have a lot to learn, and there is room for improvement. We invite you to join in our journey of truth and reconciliation, decolonization and indigenization.

Waacus Salee Frog Spirit Project

A partnership project dedicated to building bridges between cultures & people through the lens of Indigenous principles and leadership. 

How we started ….

Frog Hollow, with funding support from Heritage Canada, guided by Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council (MVAEC) and Vancouver Aboriginal Policing Centre (VACPC),  has been exploring ways to strengthen our community using approaches that align with those of Indigenous peoples and acknowledge our deep connection with the land.

Waacus Salee means Frog Spirit in Salish language. Shane Pointe, a proud Musqueam artist, gifted Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House this name for our intention and commitment towards decolonization .

As the symbol of our project, the frog engenders the push towards transformation. The frog call in the spring signals the end of winter and the time to get started doing the work to prepare for the growing season.

It is essentially a call to action.

At Frog Hollow, we are heeding this call to do the work needed to reexamine our beliefs and ways of doing things and develop a new approach that aligns better with Indigenous worldviews.  

The journey….

Since September 2019, Waacus Salee has aimed to promote awareness of Indigenous history and teachings to our community, especially amongst newcomers.

Going Beyond Land Acknowledgements, this project has created a hub for cultural exchange at the Clinton Park Fieldhouse (P’ipa:m Lelum – Frog House) where programs such as cooking, drum circles, and Indigenous art workshops have been taking place.

The Waacus Salee Advisory Circle was formed in January 2020. Circle members include leaders from Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations who are committed to making positive changes within their organizations and the larger community.

Moving forward…..

At Frog Hollow, we continue to find ways to adopt Indigenous approaches to our programming and promote cultural understanding and sharing.  We hope to continue creating space within the community for dialogue on decolonization and the importance of connecting with the land.  Through ongoing drum circles, plant workshops and cultural out trips we commit to bridging the gap between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous community and connecting newcomers and long-term residents with Indigenous history and culture.  The Frog House at Clinton Park will continue to be a hub for cultural exchange and community connection. Get invovled →

P’ipa:m Lelum – Frog House

On the traditional, unceded and occupied territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷθkwəəm (Musqueam) Nations, we are grateful to have Clinton Park Fieldhouse as part of our community hub connecting people of all ages and cultures. 

We hope to build a safe and welcoming space for people to recognize, learn and celebrate the heritage and diverse cultures of Indigenous peoples.

Thanks to Shane Point, our fieldhouse was blessed with a Salish name P’ipa:m Lelum. P’ipa:m” means frog, and “lelum” means house.

The logo for P’ipa:m Lelum – Frog House was gifted by Luther Aday, a Kwakwaka’wakw artist, singer, and storyteller from the Musgamagw Dzawadenuxw people from Kingcome Inlet B.C. and the Mamalilikulla Mimkwimlis from Compton Island and (Kwikiwasutenuxw) Gilford Island B.C.

In West Coast tradition, it is said that when the last snow of the winter falls on the ground, it all turns into Frogs.

Then the people know that there is only six weeks until the Salmon return to the rivers and summer begins.

The frog in this artwork depicts a powerful transformer, connecting both water and earth as well as the natural and supernatural. Above it, is the Sun and the supernatural ear that extends down to complete the circle.

P’ipa:m Lelum – Frog House is located at 2690 Grant Street – Clinton Park Fieldhouse in East Vancouver. Built through the lens of Indigenous principles and leadership, it has become a place to honor the First Nations history, people and the land; a place of song, of art, of nature, of connection and where we turn ideas into action. 

Transformation happens at P’ipa:m Lelum -Frog House. Read more>>

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Waacus Salee share “Journey in Decolonizing” at CAPC(Community Action Program for Children) Conference – 2022

Waacus Salee staff team was invited to speak at the 2022 CAPC (Community Action Program for Children) Conference.

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 ←  Back to About Waacus Salee  See what's happening at Frog Hollow during National Indigenous Month & on National Indigenous Peoples Day>>News & UpdatesFrog Hollow would like to keep our community informed. Subscribe here to receive our monthly...

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 ←  Back to About Waacus Salee Our decolonization work began with connecting with Indigenous leaders in the community, building a strong foundation for long-lasting relationships and asking for guidance. We are honoured and grateful to have Vancouver Aboriginal...

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 ←  Back to About Waacus SaleeSeptember 30th is the Orange Shirt Day. It was created to shine a light on the history and legacy of Canada's residential schools, and the lasting impact they have had on Canada's Indigenous peoples. It is an opportunity to create...

National Indigenous Peoples Day

 ←  Back to About Waacus SaleeJune 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. A day announced since 1996  for all Canadians to recognize and honor the heritage and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples across Canada. #NIPDCanda  Reflect upon the recent...

Newcomers Settlement Workshop: Introduction to Indigenous Peoples in Canada

 ←  Back to About Waacus SaleeJessica Seegerts shares her journey in working with newcomers in Frog Hollow neighbourhood. It has been my honour to work with the settlement program here at Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House. When I was hired to be apart of the Heritage...

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