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Oasis Society for Spiritual Health acknowledges the unceded traditional territories of the Lekwungen peoples of the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations.

The Oasis Society is a not-for-profit urban Indigenous organization.  The Society has been responding to the needs of the community in a unique and personal way since 2006. We deliver an effective culturally appropriate program to urban Indigenous peoples.

The Oasis Society for Spiritual Health works with vulnerable Indigenous people living on the streets of Victoria and those involved in street life. The objectives of our program are to: foster a sense of belonging in a caring, inclusive and culturally appropriate community; nurture the establishment and growth of authentic relationships between people from different walks of life; host events that encourage connection to self, others, extended family,
nature, elders and ceremony.

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Vision and Mission

Vision

Integrated recovery and lasting healing for Indigenous people affected by inter-generational trauma.

Mission

Working together as one, to inspire, empower and reconnect Indigenous people impacted by homelessness.

Program

Our program of Integrated Recovery and Holistic Wellness is an Indigenous program created to support the spiritual health of vulnerable Indigenous men and women who suffer from a variety of challenges including addictions, mental health, homelessness, and other multi-generational impacts of colonization.  Read more on our four quadrants of programming here.

Impact

For the Oasis Society, the vision of integrated recovery speaks to the efforts needed to confront the dis-integration that has happened to families and cultural systems since the time of contact. In our understanding, integrated recovery means more than being free of substance abuse, it means there is a meaningful integration into community, family, and culture.

At the Oasis, we believe this is made possible through spiritual practices that open us up to the oasis of strength within that makes what previously seemed impossible become possible. When recovery is integrated, the healing that happens for the individual and extended family can be lasting and holistic – a healing of body, mind and spirit.

Donate

The Oasis Society is a registered charity (#85011 5320 RR0001) and all donations will be issued a tax receipt. Thank you for your financial support. Whether by mail or online, you may choose to donate in memory/in honour/on behalf of somebody else (you will still receive the tax receipt).

Donate Online

To use a credit card, or to donate monthly (credit card only), please use our trusted online payment intermediary, CanadaHelps.org. You will receive a tax receipt directly from CanadaHelps.org.

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Donate By Mail

Please make cheques payable to “the Oasis Society for the Spiritual Health of Victoria” and include your personal mailing information such that we can issue you a tax receipt.  You can mail us at our address:

The Oasis Society for the Spiritual Health of Victoria
c/o 106 – 505 Trutch St.
Victoria, BC V8V 4C3

The Oasis Society is grateful to have made its start with seed funding from generous donors. The Society knows that to become truly sustainable, we will need to bring into our family of support a network of individuals who can provide their time, talents, and treasure on an one-time or ongoing basis.

Caring for the most vulnerable in society is joyous, heart-wrenching, and hard work; you are invited to join this journey in whatever capacity you are able. Please contact us for more information or to support us.

 

Events

November 2017

What a great November!  We just finished another Nurture in Nature retreat up in Ucluelet and Tofino.  We are so grateful to the peoples of those traditional territories for the opportunity to bask in the beauty and tranquility of their home.  The rain held off for the most part, so we were able to do several outdoor …

Giving Tuesday 2017

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our generous donors who responded to our Giving Tuesday request for donations!! It was our first time to ever participate in the Giving Tuesday drive and we were touched by the positive response we received! Your financial support means so much, especially at this time of year.

History

In 2004, a local researcher and the founder of the society, Margaret O’Donnell, began an in-depth study to assess the availability of spiritual health services to the vulnerable population living on the streets or accessing street services.  In response to the findings of the research, the Oasis Society for the Spiritual Health of Victoria was born.  Since its inception, the Oasis Society has developed and delivered its programs in a small, safe and welcoming space housed within an SRO hotel in the heart of downtown Victoria.

In response to more than ten years of service provision to Indigenous men and women in the street community, the Oasis Board of Directors recognized the need for Indigenous leadership at the Board level and at the 2017 AGM elected its first Indigenous Board of Directors.  With the full support of its membership, the Society is intentionally engaging in an Indigenization process.  We offer a culturally appropriate program under the guidance and leadership of respected elders.  The Oasis seeks to work closely with families, individuals, professionals, government, and spiritual leaders to create integrated recovery and lasting healing for those affected by inter-generational trauma.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested in the mission and vision of the Oasis Society.

Recognition and Media

United Way of Greater Victoria – 2016 Spirit AwardsRCDV News Bulletin
Vancouver Sun – 2014 News Article