About

Yarrow Intergenerational Society for Justice 世代同行會 supports youth and low-income immigrant seniors in Chinatown and the Downtown Eastside. We build power in our community through intergenerational relationship building, and by helping seniors overcome language and cultural barriers to services that meet their basic needs. We combine service provision and grassroots organizing, with a core belief that service work is political and that as a community, we have the tools we need to take care of one another. We empower seniors and youth to work together to improve their communities and tackle the difficult problems of oppression and violence. Our vision is of a Chinatown that is intergenerational and thriving, with accessible and culturally relevant services and an environment that cherishes our seniors and youth.

Yarrow recognizes and values the diversity of everyone in our community. As an organization we are committed to welcoming and affirming the human rights of all people, including people of colour, indigenous peoples, LGBTQ people, sex workers, and people with disabilities.

世代同行會在唐人街和市中心東端為青年和低收入年老移民提供支持。我們通過建立多代同堂的關係和幫助老年人克服其滿足基本生活需求遇到語言及文化的障礙,而增加社區力量。我們認為服務的提供是政治性行為,而我們社區的資源足以相互照顧,因此結合了草根組織和服務工作。我們支持青年和長者合作以改善自己的社區,應付壓迫和暴力的複雜社會問題。我們展望一個繁榮昌盛、多代同堂的唐人街,而此唐人街無障礙、有符合居民文化的服務社,並且有珍惜我們的青年和長者的環境。

世代同行會支持所有人的人權,包括有色人種、原住民、男同性戀、女同性戀、雙性戀、跨性別人士,性工作者和殘疾人士。

vision
mission

We envision a thriving, equitable,

and intergenerational community 

in Chinatown. 

To remove barriers to health care, housing, and income access and provide services, advocacy, and education that develops youth and senior leadership and builds community power in Chinatown.

values

We will take action against systems of oppression and build the future we need together, rather than reproducing capitalistic, carceral, and patriarchal systems of oppression. We will actively work to dismantle the non-profit industrial complex.

 

We will seek and empower leadership within the community. We will ask those who are struggling with leadership to take reflexive and appropriate actions, moving towards accountability and away from complicity.

 

We will be honest and brave in addressing conflict. We will engage in consensual and radical accountability processes that center those harmed and allow space for others to learn from their mistakes.

 

We will honour feedback and recognize that we make mistakes and are always learning.

 

We will listen to, respect, and have compassion for each other.

 

We will have fun, be nourished, and grow together.

 

We will center relationships as the building blocks of change.

 

As a trans- and queer-centric organization, we will welcome and affirm the freedoms of all people, including racialized people, Black and Indigenous peoples, LGBTQIA2S+ people, sex workers, and people with disabilities.

 

We will challenge settler colonialism and our own privileges, build solidarity with Black and Indigenous organizing, racialized people, and decolonize our communities and ourselves.

The Significance of Yarrow

Yarrow is a common plant that has been used by people as medicine for thousands of years. It is found in the Americas and Asia, and grows even in poor soil. The Chinese character for “yarrow” (蓍) has the character for “old age” or “elder” (老) at its centre. Similarly, the centre of our work is to build strong intergenerational relationships. The Yarrow Intergenerational Society for Justice is founded on the belief that freedom from oppression will come through the strength of our relationships, across generations, united in struggle for justice.

community partners

Bảo Vệ Collective | BC Health Coalition | Carnegie Community Centre

Chinese Community Response Network | Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto

Downtown Eastside Women's Centre | DTES Neighbourhood House | DTES SRO Collaborative

Hua Foundation | SUCCESS | Strathcona Community Centre

Network of Inner City Community Services Society | Vancouver Second Mile Society

Vancouver Status of Women | Youth Collaborative for Chinatown