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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2024 National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration Event

Dear community, we are inviting you to join us to celebrate 2024 National Indigenous Peoples Day on Thursday, June 20, from 11AM to 2PM, at Clinton Park near the fieldhouse (2690 Grant St. Vancouver) We want to dedicate this day to recognizing and honoring the diverse...

Frog Hollow Orange Shirt Day Commemoration Event-2023

Gather with the community for a meaningful Orange Shirt Day commemoration, the National day for Truth and Reconciliation. Thursday, Sept 28th, 20224:00 pm to 7:00 pmParking lot of Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House, 2131 Renfrew St. Vancouver This is a family-friendly...

Global Migration Podcast – “Belonging in Unceded Territory”

Listen to Antje Ellerman, Jess Seegerts and Ancel Zhu talking about their journey with "Belonging in Unceded Territory" project.  📻 "Belonging in Unceded Territory" Season 4, Episode 1, is hosted and produced by UBC former graduate student and the Centre's new...

2022 Frog Hollow Holiday Hamper Support

Dear Community Member, We are seeking community support for our 2022 Frog Hollow Holiday Hamper Program. For nearly two decades, we have provided support and much-needed cheer to at least 40 families in our community each holiday season. Last year we were able to...

Frog Hollow Orange Shirt Day Commemoration Event-2022

Dear neighbors, we invite you all to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope this September and join our commemoration event for Orange Shirt Day - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. #everychildmatters🧡 🌼Thursday, Sept 29th, 2022🌼4:00 pm to 7:00...

Angeline Day reflects on working with newcomers-2022 Canada Summer Job Student

Angeline Day joined us this summer as the Community Programmer(Canada Summer Job) supporting Family, Seniors, Settlement, Food Security and Waacus Salee Programs at Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House. Besides working with Frogs in the Park programming, she was our main...

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.

Decolonizing Initiatives Map – “Belonging in Unceded Territory”

"Belonging in Unceded Territory," a collaborative project between the UBC Centre for Migration Studies, Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House, AMSSA, and ISSofBC, aims to understand how residents of Vancouver configure social and place-based connectedness and belonging...

Transformation happens at P’ipa:m Lelum-Frog House

Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House has been part of Vancouver Park Board’s (VPB) Fieldhouse Activation Program since 2019. This wonderful partnership has enabled Frog Hollow to engage the community with a variety of community-based activities such as Frogs in the Park...

Frogs in the Park Fundraiser

We raised $3,288.5 for Family, Seniors, Food Security, Settlement & Waacus Salee Indigenous Programs at Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House! We didn't reach our goal, but we wouldn't have been able to raise any money at all without your collective support:)  It's a...

Waacus Salee Programs Staff Team

Gloria Tsui

Intergenerational Coordinator


Ancel Xiaoyu Zhu

Communications and Fundraising Coordinator


Gloria Tsui

Gloria Tsui

Intergenerational Coordinator

My name is Gloria Tsui. I was born on the traditional, unceded and occupied territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations and have lived here as an uninvited guest ever since.

I grew up in a Chinese-Canadian family with immigrant parents who worked hard to keep their ancestral culture alive in their children. Thus I have a strong connection with my Chinese identity and a deep sense of the immigrant experience. Now I live with my daughter and partner in an intergenerational household.

Working at Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House has taught me a lot about what it means to be a part of community. It’s been a great honour to be a part of the Waacus Salee team working towards decolonizing ourselves and our community. I’m passionate about this work and believe it is the path towards living sustainably on this precious earth.

Ancel Zhu

Ancel Zhu

Communications and Fundraising Coordinator

Hi, I’m Ancel. Xiaoyu Zhu is my Chinese name.

I grew up in Mainland China, spent most of my adult years in Hong Kong, moved to the beautiful Turtle Island in 2019, and now a settler on the stolen lands of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. I am feeling grateful for the opportunity to learn about Indigenous history and culture as a newcomer through my work at Frog Hollow.

Naturally, I am a curious person and always seek new things and venture forth. I see myself as a futurist, a feminist, a constructive rule-breaker and an advocate for systemic changes that serve BIPOC communities. One thing I am good at is to get people excited about the things I’m excited about. Among them is the Frog Hollow Community.

I first knew about Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House through my overseas placement as a student Social Worker at the University of Hong Kong back in 2016. I fell in love with this community and made my journey back “home” after 3 years. Right now, I create social media content and write stories about this community of abundance so that more of you can be part of the many amazing things Frog Hollow offers.

Outside of work, I am an active skier and just started learning to SUP(Stand-up Paddleboard). Stand-up comedies are my go-tos on Netflix. My favourite boardgame is Catan.

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