Making a Difference for Indigenous Artists @Skwachàys
$26,637 raised
76% of $35k goal
79 contributors
18 Days left
Skwachàys Lodge is a social enterprise from Vancouver, Canada, that combines exceptional hospitality amongst 18 one-of-a-kind guest suites with a street-level Indigenous Fair Trade Gallery. Operated by Vancouver Native Housing Society (VNHS), a non-profit organization focused on providing housing for low-income Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Vancouver, we are proud to be Canada's First Indigenous Arts and Culture Hotel and host our renowned Artist in Residence Program, the program you can help keep with your donation.


Opened in 2012, our facility has been the recipient of many awards, kudos and accolades from travel agencies such as, TripAdvisor and Expedia, as well as major travel magazines and International newspapers and publications. Our highest tribute occurred when Time Magazine declared us:

"One of the One Hundred Greatest Places in the World in 2018".



Like many other businesses, the pandemic has had a devastating financial effect on us. The Hotel & Gallery provide deep funding for 24 Indigenous artists' live/work studios as part of its Artist in Residence program that includes:

  • Professional development;
  • Peer mentoring;
  • Shared work and design spaces;
  • Representation in the Fair Trade Gallery and licensing partnerships;


The housing subsidy for the 24 Artists in Residence is over $200,000/year and is funded entirely through the profits generated by the Hotel and Gallery. If we cannot continue to achieve that goal, two things will happen for sure: the Hotel & Gallery will shut down and the Artist in Residence program will end.


One of the measures we are taking to avoid that outcome before international borders re-open and people begin to travel again is to provide a Crowdfunding Campaign with six different Contribution Amounts that offers you the opportunity to make a difference and help us keep our Indigenous Artist in Residence Program.


We at Skwachàys Lodge would like to thank you for taking the time to review our story and support our Skwachàys community. We wish you a happy and healthy upcoming holiday season. Please stay safe! 


David Eddy

Campaign Co-Chair                                                                        

CEO, Skwachàys Lodge       


Lakshmi McCall

Campaign Co-Chair

Gallery & Hotel Manager




"Living here and being a part of the Artist in Residence program, being surrounded by creative people alike, has helped me stay focused on my artistic career goals" - Jeremy Collins. 


"The biggest thing we have to offer is authenticity" - David Eddy, CEO of Skwachàys Lodge.



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