Skwachàys Lodge

Learning Exchange Walk

Skwachàys Lodge

Vancouver, British Columbia V5Y 0A8, Canada

Created By: UBC Learning Exchange


Skwachàys Lodge (pronounced skwatch-eyes) Lodge and Residence is located on 31 West Pender Street. It is a social enterprise created by a social housing organization, Vancouver Native Housing Society.

The building houses a fair trade Indigenous art gallery, boutique hotel, and an urban Indigenous artist residence. The Lodge works together with the street level Urban Aboriginal Fair Trade Gallery to provide and fund supportive housing for 24 Indigenous artists and their live/work studios.

Vancouver Native Housing Society (VNHS) is the largest Indigenous non-profit housing provider on the British Columbia mainland.

Skwachàys Lodge was named by Chief Ian Campbell (ancestral name Xálek’/Sekyú Siyám) of the Squamish nation. Chief Campbell told us that prior to European contact this area was known by the local Indigenous groups as Skwachàys.

COVID Update (June 2020): The Gallery has recently reopened for customers and visitors. There are enhanced protocols which set limits for the number of guests to prevent overcrowding and to help maintain physical distancing. The Hotel remains closed until further notice.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Learning Exchange Walk


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