Dedicated Elders’ Lodge Project

Lisa C. Accessibility, Community, Seniors, Updates

The 2016 census statistics show that the demand for specific housing for Indigenous seniors is growing. The City of Calgary’s 2018 Housing Needs Assessment notes there is a need for culturally sensitive housing and supports specifically for the Calgary Indigenous population.

The Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary (AFCC) will open a dedicated Elders’ Lodge in the northeast community of Highland Park. The official groundbreaking is planned for August.

This dedicated Elders’ Lodge will offer:

  • affordable housing
  • indoor and outdoor spaces to practice land teachings, hold ceremonies and promote healing.
  • cultural activities, including drumming, beading, smudging, tradition.

The Elders’ Lodge was realized as a result of a collaboration between the AFCC, The City of Calgary and other orders of government.

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More information: https://www.calgary.ca/ca/city-manager/articles/elders-lodge.html