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Skwachys Lodge is Canadas first Aboriginal Arts Hotel and has diligently worked to provide guests with first-class services and a platform to showcase local Indigenous art and culture. At the street level, the Urban Aboriginal Fair Trade Gallery features Indigenous artwork which includes original paintings, framed limited edition prints, jewelry, pottery, wood carvings, giftware and so much more, purchasing most of its original work from local artists. Eighteen one-of-a-kind guest suites designed by local Indigenous artists and Vancouver interior designers tell stunning visual stories about First Nations culture and feature original artwork created by the participating artists. Skwachys Lodge Hotel and Gallery is a social enterprise that provides the funding for 24 living and work studios for an “Artist in Residence” program in our building. Owned and operated by Vancouver Native Housing Society (VNHS), a non-profit registered charity governed by an all-Indigenous Board of Directors, Skwachys Lodge is the CEO David Eddy’s innovative alternative to government funding for social housing.