QomQem Coastal Connections
is a grassroots Indigenous-led outreach program that developed in partnership with Peers Victoria Resources Society. We offer harm reduction and health care services to Indigenous peoples who are unhoused, precariously housed, and who may be using substances and/or alcohol. As a team that celebrates diversity, we welcome our relatives and allies from diverse backgrounds, sexualities, genders, abilities, beliefs, and identities.
QomQem Coastal Connections respectfully operates on the coastal homelands of the Songhees, xʷsepsəm (Esquimalt), W̱JOȽEȽP (Tsartlip), SȾÁUTW (Tsawout), BOḰEĆEN (Pauquachin), WSIḴEM (Tseycum), MÁLEXEȽ (Malahat), Sc’ianew, T’Sou-ke, and Pacheedaht peoples – colonially known as Greater Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. We work with gratitude on this beautiful Island that is home to the Kwakwaka’wakw, Nuu-chah-nulth, and Coast Salish peoples.
QomQem translates to Strong in several Coast Salish languages, including SENĆOŦEN, lək̓ʷəŋən, and HUL’Q’UMI’NUM’. QomQem Coastal Connections is rooted in Indigenous teachings related to building and maintaining strong connections to the self, to communities, and to the territories around us.