Healing Our Spirit Worldwide


Healing Our Spirit Worldwide (HOSW) brings together thousands of Indigenous leaders and health care professionals from around the world to share and celebrate the healing power of traditional Indigenous knowledge and cultures. 

The gathering features presentations as well as cultural performances, healing activities and entertainment by Indigenous performers.

This international event is held every four years. In 2023, it will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, ​on the Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleilwaututh Nations. These are three of more than 200 First Nations in British Columbia – home to one of the world’s most diverse assemblies of living Indigenous cultures.​​​

The gathering is an opportunity for original peoples who have a history of colonial impact to share knowledge, wisdom, learning and experiences. These new and old teachings will foster relationships, understandings and new opportunities – and in doing so they will reinforce our resilience as Indigenous peoples.​

Read the conference overview here.

Recognition of Territory

The Ninth Healing our Spirit Worldwide Gathering will take place on the the unceded and ancestral territory of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) People. These are three of more than 200 First Nations in British Columbia – home to one of the world’s most diverse assemblies of living Indigenous cultures.


Cedar Sponsor

The Thunderbird Partnership Foundation is a non-profit organization that is committed to working with First Nations to further the capacity of communities to address substance use and addiction. We promote a holistic approach to healing and wellness that values culture, respect, community, and compassion. Our top priority is developing a continuum of care that would be available to all Indigenous people in Canada.

The Honouring Our Strengths Renewal Framework document is the framework for this continuum – it outlines community development programs; services for the prevention, early identification, intervention, and treatment of addiction; and the important roles of mental health and well-being in all aspects of care.

We are also committed to supporting the First Nations Mental Wellness Continuum Framework which is rooted in cultural knowledge and emphasizes First Nations strengths and capacities, building upon the Honouring Our Strengths Renewal Framework. As such, our work is guided by the four components of mental wellness outlined within the First Nations Mental Wellness Continuum Framework: Hope, Belonging, Meaning, and Purpose.

The Thunderbird Partnership Foundation is a member of the Wharerātā Group which is an international network of Indigenous leaders working in mental health and addictions. We share a vision of the near future in which Indigenous peoples sustain their optimal health and wellbeing and contribute to that vision through strategic use of our Indigenous leadership influence on mental health and addictions systems.

As of June 2015, the National Native Addictions Partnership Foundation (NNAPF) changed its name to the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, a division of NNAPF Inc.