Britannia Sukkot Festival

Join us for an intercultural feast to celebrate our appreciation for the harvest, community connections, and the Coast Salish land we call home at the innaugural Britannia Sukkot Festival.

Sukkot is the Jewish harvest festival, held each autumn to celebrate the bounty of nature and the giving of the Torah by God to the Jewish people. To commemorate this holiday, Jewish families build temporary outdoor shelters (Sukkahs), where they dine with family and friends each evening for a week. These temporary shelters remind us of the impermanence of our possessions and harken back to the 40 years the Jewish people wandered through the desert following their emancipation from slavery in Egypt.

Sukkot expresses universal themes of harvest celebration, cultural identity, human vulnerability, and community. The Britannia Sukkot Festival will bring together diverse community members to feast and share in both a Jewish Sukkot and Coast Salish led ceremonies as part of the city wide Sustenance Festival 2017.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 
5-8 pm Britannia Community Centre šxʷqʷeləwən ct Carving Centre 
1001 Cotton Drive, Vancouver 
Vegetarian Dinner by Donation
Advanced registration necessary; space is limited.
reserve a spot at:
or contact: 604.257.5199 or 604.718.5895
Programming will feature:
Eyepiece by FSOARK, the winner of the 2017 JMABC / GWFC Sukkah Design Competition.
Coast Salish Welcome and Blessing Ceremony by Senaqwila Wyss
Sukkot Blessings by Rabbi Hannah Dresner
Vegetarian Dinner by Tayybeh: A Celebration of Syrian Cuisine

Presented by the Jewish Museum and Archives of BC, Grandview Woodland Food Connection, Britannia Community Centre, and Or Shalom.

Wild Minds Week 9 (Last Day)

It has been a great Wild Minds summer working with the Environmental Youth Alliance and Evergreen BC in the Cottonwood and Strathcona Gardens where the youth connected with nature and worked to heal the land. Last day we continued our work in the youth garden – watering, weeding, fixing trellises, and replanting an once overgrown area with native plants that will eventually form a food forest. Wrapping up the summer, the youth reflected on what a wild mind means, with one youth describing it as “something that wants to explore and learn new things”, which kinda sums up the summer program.

Wild Minds Week 8

Visited the beautiful Loutet Farm in North Vancouver run by the Edible Garden Project. These urban farm visits provide an opportunity for youth to check out different forms of urban agriculture, but more importantly, to get a real life farm experience, few of us really ever get. The youth really connect with farm work, in part, the physical work but also knowing that they are contributing to something meaningful. Cool to hear some of the kids actually say they would like to be farmers.

Wild Minds Week 7

I have said it before that Strathcona and Cottonwood gardens offer such a wonderful variety of learning experiences to keep the youth interested. It is the beauty of semi wild, diverse spaces. This week we cleared some more invasive plants and bushes in preparation to plant more native species and to create a food forest structure in the Environmental Youth Alliance garden area. The youth also installed some birdhouses they made, we picked apples and other fruits, learned more about pollinators and pollinator attracting flowers, and did some seed saving.

Wild Minds Week 6

Nature has an remarkable way of growing back in force, in particular, the invasive plants, such as Himalayan Blackberry. In our Wild Minds program with Environmental Youth Alliance and Evergreen BC, we are also helping to rewild urban spaces, and today spent time clearing away invasive plants in an area of the youth garden to help support a new food forest and planting of native plants. Later picked Oregon grapes, Mulberrys, apples and plums and made fruit leather, as a suggested activity by one of the youth.


Wild Salmon Caravan Britannia Arts Builds

The Grandview Woodland Food Connection and Britannia Community Centre are pleased to participate in this year’s Wild Salmon Caravan with a kick off Vancouver Parade on Oct 7th. As our contribution to this parade, we will be organizing a series of arts builds at Britannia (See our poster below) focusing on creating bike salmon art and bike floats and encouraging the bike community to participate in the parade and help promote a carbon free future, recognizing that climate change is a serious threat to the survival of wild salmon.

So, we hope to see you at our arts Builds and at the Vancouver Wild Salmon Parade. For more information, check out the Wild Salmon Caravan facebook page: