Skwachàys Lodge Combines Native Culture and Social Good
On the east end of Vancouver, one of the city’s oldest neighborhood, there is an unusual sight: one six-story building has a soaring totem and Native longhouse on top. The building, the Skwachàys Lodge, is an attractive Aboriginal-art hotel and represents a unique milestone for indigenous people. Each of the 18 boutique hotel units is decorated in different tasteful indigenous themes. The lobby includes the Urban Aboriginal Fair Trade Gallery where Native art can be purchased. Furthermore, visitors can participate in traditional sweat lodge and smudging ceremonies. More
The Vancouver Native Housing Society opened its doors Thursday (October 16) for a tour of Skwachàys Lodge, a facility that the organization says is the first aboriginal arts and culture hotel in Canada.
The newly revamped boutique hotel on West Pender Street has been open for business since August, hosting visitors in 18 rooms that feature original work from aboriginal artists. Read Article.
The country’s first urban aboriginal boutique hotel wants to give guests a unique experience from the moment they check in.
Guests at Skwachàys Lodge can choose to stay in one of 18 rooms each of which is uniquely designed by team of aboriginal artists and interior designers. Suites all have names such as The Tlingit Hat Suite, Sea Kingdom Suite and the Northern Lights Suite and feature original carvings, paintings, fabric, and furniture. Read full article
Recommended by Condè Nast: Topped with an impressive totem pole, Skwachàys Lodge is a new aboriginal art hotel in the heart of the DTES. Each of the 18 bedrooms was designed in collaboration with a First Nations artist. Guests can take part in a traditional smudge ceremony (a purifying ritual in which bundles of dried herbs are burnt).
Vancouver, B.C – (October 1, 2014) Canada’s first Aboriginal arts hotel has opened its doors to guests in the heart of Vancouver’s historic downtown. Owned and operated by the Vancouver Native Housing Society, Skwachàys Lodge is an innovative approach to sustainable housing that combines cultural authenticity, business excellence and community economic development.
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There are few staycations that get you away from Vancouver while staying in Vancouver better than the Skwachays Lodge. Equal parts modern 18-unit boutique hotel, sweat lodge, artist incubator and art gallery, the three-storey converted heritage building is one of the most striking in Gastown.
Article – Sweat it out in Gastown
Visitors interested in learning more about Canada’s rich First Nations culture have the opportunity to stay at an entirely aboriginal-themed hotel in downtown Vancouver. Opened in May by Skwachàys Lodge, the hotel has 18 rooms, featuring distinctly cultural accommodations.
Article: News Blurb: New Aboriginal-Themed Hotel In Vancouver
Aboriginal culture is the foundation of Vancouver’s identity. Our city is located on the ancestral lands of the Coast Salish people and this is evident throughout our streets, parks and shops.
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VANCOUVER, BC—Canada’s first Aboriginal arts hotel, Skwachàys Lodge, has opened in this city’s historic downtown area. Owned and operated by the Vancouver Native Housing Society, the property is an innovative approach to sustainable housing that combines cultural authenticity, business excellence and community economic development, according to the company.
Article: Canada’s First Aboriginal Arts & Culture Hotel Opens
Skwachàys Lodge combines a boutique hotel with an authentic Aboriginal cultural experience, sustainable housing, and community economic development. It’s owned and operated by the Vancouver Native Housing Society (VNHS).
Article: Canada’s first Aboriginal arts and culture hotel now open in downtown Vancouver
Sandwiched between Vancouver’s Chinatown and the historic Gastown quarter of the city, yet not quite in either, the surroundings are central but sketchy.
If all goes to plan with the Downtown Eastside’s slow gentrification, the location will no longer be the Skwachays Lodge’s Achilles heel.
For now, though, while most things are within easy walking distance, you’ll encounter visible signs of drug addiction on the way.
Article: Artful Twist in Native Lodge
Just when you think you know your city inside and out, it manages to surprise you. Walking along a stretch of the Pender we had traversed many times before, we noticed an older building sandwiched between new condos with a totem pole on the roof.
Article: For the Love of Art
Skwachàys Lodge, pronounced squatch eyes, a downtown residence and gallery administered by the Vancouver Native Housing Society is updating 18 of its suites with First Nations themes. Thematic hotel rooms aren’t new – look at New York, London and Berlin – but, in Vancouver at least, teaming up an aboriginal artist with a commercial design house is breaking new ground.
Article: Artist-designer combos give Skwachàys lodge a makeover
Who better than a Seattleite to come up with a high-tech coffee lid? Doug Fleming, a native son and avid follower of “third wave”coffee trends, thought it was a shame to ruin high-quality coffee by sipping it through a poorly designed lid.
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Where: Skwachàys Lodge in Vancouver, B.C. Why: This new boutique hotel (rooms start at $225, 31 W Pender St.; 604.687.3589; skwachays.com) near the historic Chinatown neighborhood is awash in art and culture from the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
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ABORIGINAL HOTEL DEBUTS IN VANCOUVER, B.C.: Learn about Canada’s rich First Nations culture at Skwachàys Lodge, a new 18-room boutique hotel debuting at the crossroads of Vancouver’s historic Gastown and Chinatown. First opened in 2012 by the Vancouver Native Housing Society, two floors of the building have been transformed into an experiential hotel. Aboriginal artists teamed with Vancouver-based interior design firms to design each themed room featuring various animal spirits — raven, eagle, bear, wolf, orca — and original indigenous
artwork. Guests may access a sweat lodge, artist’s workshop, smudge room (for religious ceremonies), and lounge. The Victorian façade is crowned by a traditional northern longhouse with 40-foot pole. At street level, an interactive 3-D display celebrates aboriginal art and culture. Rates from $225.
Six aboriginal artists have teamed up with six interior design firms to turn 18 suites into the city newest boutique hotel, one designed for tourists looking for unique higher-end accommodation in downtown Vancouver.
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A ‘First Story’ episode ‘A HOME FOR EDGAR’ was aired Sunday April 14th at 12:30pm on CTV BC. The episode examined the life of formally homeless street artist Edgar Allan Rossetti and how his life has changed after being accepted into the Skwachays Artists Residence. The episode also examines the homeless vs. social housing argument from a cost benefit perspective.. as well as what the human cost is.
Watch the episode here.