We create culturally-rooted health and wellness programs for Indigenous communities and organizations across Turtle Island. We collaborate with Indigenous knowledge holders, Elders, artists, and health professionals to offer land-based, holistic initiatives for youth, women, and men to promote balance in body, mind and spirit.
We offer consulting, research, program conceptualization and implementation to provide services for Indigenous communities. Our areas of expertise include:
Community-based Health Promotion (research and program development)
Community, Culture and Land-based wellness programs
Culturally-rooted yoga, physical activity and traditional nutrition programs
Youth Empowerment and youth leadership development
Art-based healing and collective murals
Who We Are
Who We Are
Cedar and Gold is an Indigenous, family-run organization. We are dedicated to promoting an authentic way of living through connection to self, nature, ceremony and a vibrant community.
Jessica is Kwakwaka'wakw from the 'Namgis First Nation in Alert Bay, BC. She is a proud mother, Indigenous health advocate and yoga teacher currently based in Montreal, QC. Jessica received her Masters in Applied Science in Physical Therapy from McGill University and an Undergraduate Degree in Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia. She teaches yoga to Indigenous women and girls, offering sacred spaces to feel connected and empowered in their bodies.
Jessica is also the Program Manager of the Indigenous Health Professions Program in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill, a program launched in 2017 with the mandate to recruit and support indigenous students in health professional training and to lead the development of Indigenous health education into all health school's curriculum.
Education has provided Jessica with an enriched understanding of the human body and its healing capacity. Ceremonies have provided balance and connection for her own healing.
She has completed yoga training at YYoga and Semperviva in Vancouver, Resource Yoga and Naada Yoga in Montreal, and Girlvana Yoga Training in NYC. Through alignment, breath and traditional wisdom from her First Nations roots and kinship - she weaves the natural and supernatural realms into her teaching style to create a sacred space for individuals to connect to themselves and their surroundings.
Vincent is from Montreal, QC, of Huron-Wendat and Quebecois heritage. He is a Sundancer, family man, and craftsman. With over fifteen years of experience as a multidisciplinary artist, Vincent has been passionately working with his hands, creating custom art installations, murals and cedar wood boxes with our newest sister component of Cedar and Gold: Cedar Stories.
He is dedicated to sharing his skills and passion of the arts and justice. He proudly pioneered the integration of arts in the Restorative Justice system in Vancouver, which ties in arts and Indigenous values into the healing process. Vincent offers youth and adults practices and techniques for personal-development through creativity and craftsmanship. With his explorations in meditation, ceremonies and his urban roots, Vincent offers fresh, no-nonsense and an experiential approach. He brings youthful energy when collaborating with his wife, Jessica to connect their love for art, culture and health.