Indigenous DOHaD Gathering

Sep 1, 2022

In August 2022, Pewaseskwan team members helped organize, plan, and deliver the 2nd International Indigenous DOHaD Gathering 2022 titled: ilhenaylhs chet s7elji – Nourishing Our Ancestors’ Dreams. 

DOHaD (Developmental Origins of Health and Disease) is the idea that the first 1 to 2 thousand days of a person’s life (from conception to age 2-5) are crucial for their overall health and wellness for their lifetime and also impact future generations.

The gathering was held in Vancouver, BC on the lands of the host nations: xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səlilwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh). Simon Fraser University served as the conference host and primary location at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue in downtown Vancouver, with additional activities at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, and Firehall Arts Centre.

More information on the gathering can be found at: 


Most of our team lives and works on Treaty 6 territory and the Homeland of the Métis. The original peoples of these lands are the Cree, Saulteaux, Dene, Dakota, Lakota, Nakota, and Métis. Others are based in Vancouver, on the unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. We encourage everyone, wherever they are, to learn about the Indigenous people of the lands on which they live and work. We seek to become engaged allies together. In the spirit of truth and reconciliation, we respect the self-determination of First Nations, Métis and Inuit – in their cultures, languages and their pursuit of wellness.

© 2023 Pewaseskwan (the Indigenous Wellness Research Group) | Office of the Cameco Chair in Indigenous Health and Wellness, University of Saskatchewan.