Healing Our Spirit Worldwide


​​​​​​Healing Our Spirit Worldwide – The Ninth Gathering will take place in Vancouver, Canada, from ​Sept. 11-15, 2023​. The gathering has been postponed from its original date (March 29 – April 1, 2022) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

About the ​Event

Healing Our Spirit Worldwi​de (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.

Call for Abstracts​

Oral and Poster Presentations

 The HOSW Is pleased to announce the call for submissions for the 2023 Gathering for the following:

  1. Workshops: 55 minutes total – 40-minute interactive presentation; 15 minutes for questions.
  2. Oral Presentations: 20 minutes total – 15-minute presentation and 5 minutes for questions.
  3. Poster Presentation: Abstract represented in poster format.
  4. Digital Poster Presentations: Abstract presented in a 3-5 minute pre-recorded digital presentation. 

Important Dates

Call for Abstract Submissions Opens: June 15, 2022
Call for Abstract Submissions Closes: January 6​​, 2023​ Midnight (PST)
Notification of Acceptance: February 20​, 2023
Presenter Response: April 1, 2023​
Conference Dates: September 11 – 15, 2023

​The call for abstracts is now closed.​

Logo Contest

Are you an Indigenous person interested in developing a logo for an International Indigenous Gathering being held in Vancouver? Are you an Indigenous Youth (16 to 29 years old) interested in developing a logo for one of the streams for the International Indigenous Gathering being held in Vancouver? Find out more below.​


1. The competition is open to all Indigenous people living in Canada.

2. FNHA Board Members and staff, Thunderbird Partnership Foundation Board and staff, IIHOSW, First Nations Health Council (FNHC) and First Nations Health Directors Association (FNHDA) Members are not eligible.


The winners will receive $1200 cash or a MacBook Air. Youth logo contest winners will receive an Apple iPad.​


1. The logo should only use the following colours; white, black, plus 3 colours of the artist's choice.

2. It is preferred that no wording be placed in the logo.

3. Only one entry per person will be accepted and entries must be on 8½" x 11" white paper with the artist's name, address, telephone number on the back and a brief description of the logo.

4. The logo should be simple and versatile enough to be used on the HOSW website, brochures, booklets, stationery, press releases, etc. and all elements must be visible when reproduced in smaller sizes.

5. The logo MUST be the original work of the submitter. This original work can be copyrighted or trademarked images.

6. The logo may be created using pencils, crayons, markers, and/or paint. Also, the logo may be created with a computer drawing program, but of course, all images must be original.

7. Enter your logo submission as a PNG or PDF file (under 5 MB). All submissions must be entered by emailing hosw@fnha.ca​.

8. If selected, the winner agrees to allow HOSW to use their names and photographs for promotional and publicity purposes.

9. Submit your entry by July 13,​ 2022 at 23:59 PST for full consideration. Any late submissions will not be accepted.


Entries accepted:

Submission Deadline: July 13, 2022
Review Phase: July 15, 2022
Winner Announced: July 29, 2​022

Download the Logo Contest guide here.
Download the  Youth Logo Contest guide here​.

Event Host​s​

​​​​​​Healing Our Spirit Worldwide​ – The Ninth Gathering (2023) is hosted by the First Nations Health Authority and ​​​​​​the International Indigenous Council f​or Healing Our Spirit Worldwide. 

The First Nations Health Auth​​ority

The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) is the only Indigenous province-wide health authority in Canada. In 2013 it assumed responsibility for the health programs and services formerly handled by the federal government for First Nations people living in the province of British Columbia.

The FNHA's vision is to transform the health and well-being of BC's Indigenous people. This vision is centred on wellness – rather than illness – and on exploring what wellness means to the First Nations people the organization serves. It is an ambitious vision that has generated interest around the world, and so the FNHA is proud to host Healing Our Spirit Worldwide.

The International Indigenous Council for ​HOSW​

The International Indigenous Council for Healing our Spirit Worldwide (IICHOSW) is the governance body that provides support, guidance and advice to the hosts of Healing Our Spirit Worldwide.

The Council has developed the following statement of beliefs:

  • We, as Indigenous peoples, control our own health and healing institutions that are based on our culture and traditions and languages
  • Our culture, traditions, stories and spirituality must form the foundation of the HOSW Movement Community is the catalyst for change
  • The circle will grow through compassion, respect, love and commitment Indigenous peoples must take control of, and implement our own research
  • Indigenous peoples from developing countries must be supported through planning and ongoing involvement in the HOSW Movement
  • All members of our communities must be involved in each Gathering in a meaningful way that meets their needs as participants in the circle of life
  • Political leadership must be involved in the Movement to help lead the promotion of healthy lifestyles free of substance abuse
  • Working together with conference partners is the only way to manage and implement a successful Gathering

These beliefs form the foundation for our principles and values:

Inclusiveness: we will make every effort to include Indigenous Nations around the world in the Movement

Diversity: we respect the diversity of Indigenous Peoples everywhere

Respect: we respect the culture, the traditions, the values and beliefs of Indigenous peoples worldwide

Working Together: we work together in the spirit of cooperation and healing

Sharing: we promote the sharing of programs, ideas and information on the health and healing of Indigenous peoples

Reciprocity: we are committed to the giving and sharing but also to the obligation of receiving the ideas, cultures and beliefs of all Indigenous People worldwide​​​


​​Healing Our Spirit Worldwide Team
Email: hosw@fnha.ca

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