Aboriginal Land Trust Society
LDM provided development management services for this project which provides 124 affordable housing units for Vancouver Island Indigenous individuals and families. A Blessing Ceremony was held June 5, 2019 led by elders of the local First Nations, including the Esquimalt and Songhees, on whose traditional territory the project is located. “Healing Moon”, a piece by Darlene Gait of the Esquimalt Nation, graces the front of the building. Seen surrounded by four wolves, representing all corners of our earth, the copper moon shines out, sending its powerful medicine to all in need.
Lu'ma Native BCH Housing Society
This project was occupied in August 2021. It is a six storey mixed-use building with ground level retail space and 26 social housing units above. The development team successfully navigated the challenge of removing a tent city that had grown on the empty site so that the site work could begin. The building is owned and operated by Lu’ma. Residents are connected to cultural supports, including culturally integrated health care, access to traditional Elders and healers, counselling supports and social navigators, as well as traditional drumming circles and ceremonies.
Aboriginal Land Trust Society
52-92 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
The project will add 112 new units of housing: 59 rental units for Indigenous families with lower incomes and 53 supportive studio units, operated by RainCity Housing and Support Society, for adults receiving Income Assistance. Lu’ma Native BCH Housing Society will provide property management.
The project will also incorporate an over 32,000 square foot Healing Centre including a Medical Clinic, operated by Vancouver Aboriginal Health Society towards the goal of improving health outcomes for urban Indigenous residents of Vancouver. It will offer a holistic approach to wellness focused on the spiritual, emotional, physical and mental elements of well-being and a two-eyed approach to healing that blends Indigenous and Western medicine. Other amenities include a Food Centre with a commercial kitchen and dining hall, offices, staff, meeting and amenity rooms.
This project is located on the historic vibrant and vital gathering place of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples. The building design, inspired by a longhouse wrapped in a blanket, was the result of a unique visioning process involving community workshops led by Elders and Knowledge Keepers from the host Nations. LDM worked to secure funding from all levels of government including BC Housing (through the Indigenous Housing Fund), CMHC (Co-Investment Fund), Indigenous Services Canada and the City of Vancouver.
Lu'ma Native BCH Housing Society
This 23-unit family rental housing project, occupied in 2021 is located on a site which Lu’ma purchased from PRHC. The four-storey building offers studio, one and two bedroom units. Rents are at low end of market.
A blessing ceremony and copper plate burial was held at the site in May 2019 to honor the past with the future and connect them both.
Artwork by Cory Douglas graces the front of the building.
The project is financed through the CHMC RCFI program and via a grant from BC Housing.
Kekinow Native Housing Society
7561 – 140 Street, Surrey
LDM is currently working with Kekinow to redevelop their existing 140th site, which has been housing Indigenous families in 33 three-bedroom units since it opened in 1988. The project was aging and showing signs of deterioration and the site was underutilized. The project involves a three-phased plan for the redevelopment, which will result in a total of 180 units on the site. Phase One was occupied in 2019 and the next phase is currently moving forward having received an allocation under the 2020 Community Housing Fund.
Aboriginal Land Trust Society
823 – 842 Sixth Street, New Westminster
The Aboriginal Land Trust Society (ALT) is very keen to bring 96 new, affordable homes for Indigenous and Swahili seniors and families to New Westminster. ALT, in collaboration with Swahili Vision International Association, is working to redevelop a site on 6th Street between 8th and 10th Ave. The site is located close to shopping, services, schools, and transit. LDM is providing development management services. LDM worked with ALT to submit a successful funding application for the project to the 2020 Community Housing Fund call for proposals. The project will provide multigenerational and multicultural housing for members of both the Urban Indigenous and Black communities who are amongst the most underserved communities when it comes to housing. This project is an important step toward Reconciliation and an opportunity to fill the need for housing for Black and Urban Indigenous Peoples and people in New Westminster.
Designed to support both Urban Indigenous and Swahili Peoples, the building will serve as a safe, welcoming place where generations of people can come together to express, share, and celebrate culture, traditional knowledge and history. The building will reflect a traditional way of communal living, providing opportunities for Elders, families and young people to support and learn from one another. The building and landscaping will incorporate Indigenous and Swahili art, Indigenous plants, and other cultural elements. Amenities include a ground-floor amenity room with kitchen, washroom and storage room as well as a large outdoor terrace with a dining area, seating and barbecue hookups, multi-use exercise space and a children's play area. ALT acknowledges the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement for BIPOC communities, and understands there is also a need for safe, affordable housing for Black British Columbians. Therefore, ALT has invited the Swahili Vision International Association to participate in the operations of the building.
Aqanttanam Housing Society
629 6 St NW, Cranbrook, B.C.
LDM worked with the Aqanttanam Housing Society to secure funding for this project under the 2018 Building BC Indigenous Housing Fund and provided development management services throughout the development process.
Opened in 2021, the Chief Agnes McCoy Centre provides 39 homes for Indigenous families, Elders and individuals. It is a three storey building with one, two and three bedroom units.
The Society provided the land for the project and owns and operates the building. In addition to the capital funding and construction financing for the project, BC Housing is providing operating funding to ensure affordability. The Columbia Basin Trust also provided a grant to make the project a reality.
The building is named in honour of the late Agnes McCoy, an elected Chief and respected Elder from ?aq’am, a member community of the Ktunaxa Nation. Chief McCoy was one of the founders of the Aqanttanam Housing Society.
Aboriginal Land Trust Society
401 Jackson Avenue, Vancouver, B.C.
LDM is providing development management services for this exciting and innovative new Downtown Eastside project.
The Aboriginal Land Trust, in collaboration with Lu’ma Native Housing Society and Atira Women’s Resource Society, is redeveloping this site to provide people with housing security in a welcoming, inclusive and multigenerational building. The project will offer innovative affordable homeownership and rental opportunities and will emphasize serving Urban Indigenous Peoples in Vancouver including Elders, young people and families.
Designed to make a positive contribution to the community, the project will celebrate and support the rich history of Indigenous Peoples, culture and values and will create places for exchange and connection. Ch’ich’iyúy is named for Ch’ich’iyúy Elxwíkn (Chay-chay-yoy Ull-x-wake-un), the mountain peaks on the North Shore that watch over the traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples.
The project is a 14-storey, mixed-use building with 172 housing units: 56 rental studio apartments for Elder Indigenous women, operated by Atira Women’s Resource Society and 116 studio, one and two-bedroom affordable homeownership apartments for people and families earning modest to middle incomes. Other features include indoor and outdoor community spaces including a courtyard and three rooftop decks and over 4000 square feet of social purpose commercial space on the ground floor.
Check out the project website: chichiyuy.ca
Witset First Nation
Seaton View Road, Witset
LDM is providing development management services to the Witset First Nation to develop a 26 unit certified Passive House project on land owned by Witset First Nation. The project will house singles, couples, families and Elders, helping to address a serious housing shortfall crisis in the community of Witset. The project will have 16 studios and 10 two-bedrooms and includes accessible units. There will be amenities including a communal kitchen, counselling space, office space and a board room. Outside amenities include a social gathering area with covered lounge and fire pit. The project is being funded under the 2018 Building BC Indigenous Housing Fund.
Tla’amin Nation Legacy Society
Salish Drive, Teeshohsum Reserve
The project, currently under construction, will consist of 24 modular housing units comprised of a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments for vulnerable Indigenous Elders and persons with a disability. Within the Tla’amin Nation community, this demographic is in severe housing need with many being at risk of homelessness and/or occupying housing stock that is in need of major repairs.
This will be an accessible housing project, all units allowing full wheelchair access and accessibility features such as grab bars. Three of the 24 units will provide full universal accessibility, including lowered kitchen counters, wheel-in showers, and accessible mounting heights and clearances. The remaining 21 units will be designed to ensure future adaptability to full universal accessibility.
While this is an independent living project, the residents will benefit from the building’s proximity to the Tla’amin Community Health Centre. Tla’amin Health provides a full range of primary, secondary, and tertiary health services for community members living within the Tla’amin Nation.
Gitxsan Child and Family Services Society
3541, 3545, 3549 Arthur Sampson Crescent, Sik-E-Dakh
This project, currently under construction, features a 15 unit wood frame longhouse designed as three separate projects under one roof. There are separate entrances and addresses for the three components. It features 3 three bedroom townhouse units for women and children fleeing violence, a 6 bed group home for children in care and 6 independent living units in a youth mentorship model for young adults aged 18-24 which will provide them with a strong support program offering life skills, cultural support, education, employment, safety and oversight.
Gitxsan Child & Family Services Society (GCFSS) strives to create strong, healthy, sage children and families within a supportive Gitxsan community. They provide protective and preventative services that balance the traditions and culture of Gitxsan people with the modern context in which they live. In 2007 an agreement between the Society, the Ministry of Children and Family Development and the federal government transferred responsibility of guardianship services of Gitxsan children from the Ministry to GCFSS. This historic event marked the first time the provincial and federal governments had agreed in writing that a First Nation family services agency could operate in a traditional way.
Tzeachten First Nation
This project supports Tzeachten members to return home or to remain on Tzeachten Reserve Lands. The Tzeachten people have been on this land for centuries and continue to work to win back their lands, gain financial independence and to provide housing for their members.
The development provides 23 rental homes for Indigenous individuals and families with moderate and low incomes. The development has one, two and three bedroom homes across five buildings and a separate amenity building.
LDM worked with the First Nation to submit a successful application for funding as a “construction ready project” under the 2021 BCH Community Housing Fund and provided development management services.
Capilano Reserve No 5, Welch Street and Mathias Road, North Vancouver
Hiy̓ám ta Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Housing Society
LDM assisted the Squamish Nation to develop a housing authority to serve as a non-profit property manager and housing developer. The Hiy̓ám ta Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Housing Society (which means “The Squamish Are Coming Home”) was formed in 2020. LDM worked with the Society to successfully apply for funding for the Society’s first project under the 2020 CHF program and is providing development management services.
The project will have 95 affordable housing units for families, Elders and youth in a four-storey apartment building with adjacent townhouses. The site is close to amenities including Chief Joe Matthias Recreation Centre, the Xwemélch'stn Etsimxwawtxw (Capilano Littlest Ones School), the Squamish Nation Elders Centre, Humulchesun park, Long House, Park Royal Shopping Centre and transit options to downtown Vancouver, North and West Vancouver.
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