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Skwachays Lodge

hotels, indigenous culture, art galleries, shopping

hotels, indigenous culture, art galleries, shopping

VNHS opened Skwachàys Lodge, the Urban Indigenous Fair-Trade Gallery, and the Artists in Residence Program in June of 2012. The former Pender Hotel was transformed from a three-and-a-half-story derelict SRO hotel to a unique Indigenous social enterprise that combines a boutique hotel with a street-level art gallery, that supports on-site housing and studio space for 24 Indigenous artists. VNHS identified the vulnerability of many urban Indigenous artists artists in need of housing, artists who for various reasons are not able to properly represent and market themselves or their work. Often these artists are commercially exploited through a long established street or underground market that takes advantage of their vulnerability. They try to live off their work by selling on the street or in the bars or through the commercial dealer network that purchases original, gallery quality art for, at times, only five or ten cents on the dollar. By creating a live/work supportive complex with a built-in gallery and community production space, VNHS took a lead role in addressing the social and economic inequities that Indigenous artists can face. The Artists in Residence Program is a unique and life-changing housing program for practicing Indigenous artists. The program includes very affordable housing in clean, unfurnished bachelor suites, 24/7 access to shared artist workshops, and participation in programming opportunities for personal and professional development that help artists develop their craft and move into the next phase of their careers. A 3-year residency in the program is dependent on successful program participation and the achievement of self-defined career goals. Emerging, mid-career, and senior artists are welcome to apply. To date we have had over 110 Indigenous artists complete the program. The Lodge, the Urban Indigenous Fair-Trade Gallery and production space are operated as a self-sustaining social enterprise. Artists are paid a fair price for their work. The model follows the established practices found in the art world. Generally an artist receives between 30%-60% of the retail price depending on the artists reputation and the cost that is underwritten by the gallery (framing, marketing and promotional expenses.) In short, when a guest spends their overnight travel dollars at the Skwachàys Lodge there is a social impact people are housed. When a guest, a member of the community or a company purchases authentic Indigenous art at the Fair Trade Gallery, there is a social impact a simple purchase fights cultural misappropriation and ensures that Indigenous artists are paid fairly for their work. Cultural tourism is one of the fastest growing segments of the tourism sector and there is absolutely a place for our urban Indigenous artists to participate in this industry as a means of reclaiming their lives and independence.

Vancouver Coast & Mountains

Vancouver

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Mr Bannock

dining & culinary tours

dining & culinary tours

Vancouver’s first Indigenous food truck Mr Bannock shares Indigenous cuisine, using fresh local ingredients and ancient cooking methods such as smoking clay and stone baking. Since 2018, Mr Bannock has catered events throughout Vancouver and has served thousands of bannock tacos.

Vancouver Coast & Mountains

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Jones Charters

fishing

fishing

We will take you on an adventure through pristine waters to the most amazing fishing grounds in the world home of every species of salmon. Chinook, Coho, Cod, Halibut are all yours to discover, you just may land yourself a 30 pound Tyee Salmon!

Northern British Columbia

Skidegate

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Haida House at Tllaal

hotels, indigenous culture, shopping, sightseeing

hotels, indigenous culture, shopping, sightseeing

Nestled along the banks of the serene Tlell River, surrounded by ancient forest and open sky, youll find the Haida House at Tllaal - a classic 10-room lodge. With its timeless and cozy log aesthetic, this is the perfect home base from which to start off on your Haida Gwaii adventure. The nightly rate structure is ideal for those who wish to self-explore the many eco-adventures, natural attractions and historical and cultural sites found on Haida Gwaiis Graham and Moresby Islands. Gift shop and conference facilities on-site. Designed to blend harmoniously with the landscape and honour traditional Haida architecture, youll fall in love with our 12 new two-bedroom cedar cabins. Boasting a choice of dune, ocean, and forest views, each features a minibar kitchen and great room with fireplace, flatscreen TV, covered hot tub and outdoor shower. Enjoy a bed and breakfast cabin stay, or as part of a 3, 4 or 7-night all-inclusive package.

Northern British Columbia

Tlell

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Whispering Willows Campsite

indigenous culture, campgrounds & rv parks

indigenous culture, campgrounds & rv parks

Welcome to the best-kept camping secret along Highway 97! Whispering Willows is a favourite spot for many travellers visiting the Cariboo. Boasting private campsites, fire pits, picnic tables, beautiful trees and a sparkling creek to cool off in, Whispering Willows welcomes you! Whether you are looking for an overnight rest area or a longer-term home-away-from-home, we offer both tenting and full-service sites.

Cariboo Chilcotin Coast

Williams Lake

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Spirit Bear Lodge

wildlife tours, indigenous culture, resorts & wilderness lodges

wildlife tours, indigenous culture, resorts & wilderness lodges

Experience an ancient culture, spectacular wildlife viewing, stunning landscapes and reconnect with nature. Immerse yourself in true wilderness on a grand scale, deep in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. Spirit Bear Lodge is Indigenous owned, offering exclusive access to wildlife viewing areas and cultural sites within the Kitasoo Xai'xais traditional territory.

Cariboo Chilcotin Coast

Klemtu

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Kekuli Café Merritt

indigenous culture, dining & culinary tours

indigenous culture, dining & culinary tours

Kekuli Cafe  is a locally owned Aboriginal Cuisine Cafe Coffee shop! Serving everything on Bannock, with Bannock. Breakfast Served All day, Lunch & Dinner. Your gathering place for meetings, music, coffee groups & more.

Thompson Okanagan

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Dog Mermaid Eco Excursions, Kayak Rentals & Retreats

hiking, spas & wellness, sightseeing, paddling, indigenous culture

hiking, spas & wellness, sightseeing, paddling, indigenous culture

Dog Mermaid Eco Excursions, Kayak Rentals & Retreats specializes in Eco and indigenous education and tours, by means of kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, kids camps, yoga, retreats, and dog sledding (in winter months). Based on Pender Island, our head office is located at Otter Bay Marina, just off the ferry. Along with having the beauty of launching from the bay, mobile services are available to suit your adventure design, and so is our new location on Salt Spring Island! Our certified, professional guides would love to take you into the wild!

Vancouver Island

Pender Island

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Fireweeds Boutique

indigenous culture, shopping

indigenous culture, shopping

Welcome to Fireweeds Boutique a 100% Indigenous Owned + Women Operated Store, Online & Mobile Boutique in Kelowna, B.C. The Boutique Store is located Downtown Kelowna at #100 - 1465 Ellis Street where you shop Shop Indigenous and Support 100% Authentic Indigenous Made Brands & Collections that are Indigenous Curated by the owner directly from Indigenous Designers & Artists from Turtle Island or so-called North America. Shop Clothing, Gifts, Jewelry, Home, Bath & Body, and Beauty. Follow Us On Social Media @fireweeds.boutique on Instagram, Facebook and TikTok.

Thompson Okanagan

Kelowna

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Outer Coast Outfitters

sightseeing, snowshoeing, paddling, indigenous culture, boating

sightseeing, snowshoeing, paddling, indigenous culture, boating

Outer Coast Outfitters is an outdoor adventure company based in Prince Rupert, connecting you to the North Coast! We have snowshoe rental packages available for adults, youth and children as well as tandem, solo and 4-seater canoe rentals all year round! We offer doorstep delivery, basic instruction, trip planning and pick-up on your schedule. We also offer guided hikes, canoe trips on the lakes or ocean and custom speedboat tours. Guided trips are the best way to see the local area in a personalized way without all the prep, research and gear; we handle that stuff! We also do outdoor education, so we can add a lesson to your canoe rental, offer lake and ocean canoe courses and outdoor skills instruction to meet your needs. Talk to us about designing the outdoor adventure you've been dreaming of!

Northern British Columbia

Prince Rupert

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