“You have to smudge the Downtown Eastside”

APTN National News
These were the words an elder told Darla Goodwin as she sat in a sweat: “You have to smudge the Downtown Eastside.”

The neighbourhood that surrounds Main and Hastings in Vancouver has been the background for a lot of pain in recent years, from the predations of serial killer Robert Pickton to the death of Verna Simard on September 16th. So, in a series of four smudges with hundreds in attendance, Darla Goodwin offered healing to the Downtown Eastside.

APTN National News reporter Rob Smith has the story.

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