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.
Word of the Day:Groundbreaking: celebration of the first day of construction for a building or another project.
More information: https://www.calgary.ca/ca/city-manager/articles/elders-lodge.html