About Us

SuitesOwned and operated by Lu’ma Native BCH Housing Society, we opened our doors on October 1st, 2004 to serve Aboriginal communities of BC and Yukon for patient travel.   The Lodge depends on revenue from room charges to break even.  Your staying at the Lodge contributes to our ability to continue to operate.

Inspiration to build the Lodge came Aboriginal patient advocates from BC Womens Hospital & Health Centre who found the need was great for an accommodation that is culturally safe and appropriate.

Patrick StewartLu’ma Native Housing Society partnered with BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre to develop the idea and BC Housing agreed to provide the capital expenditure to build the Art Zoccole Aboriginal Patients’ Lodge & Family Housing Project at 1254 East 8th Avenue. Patrick Stewart, Nisga’a architect ,designed the building to reflect Indigenous architecture with a contemporary functionality.  There are 22 apartments with generous quarters, each with a balcony atop great log pedestals, reminiscent of Long Houses.  15 units are dedicated to affordable housing for Aboriginal families and 8 units are furnished to create the Aboriginal Patient’s Lodge.

Our success relies on the patronage of Patient Travel Coordinators from communities and First Nations Inuit & Health Branch booking their patients’ travel accommodation at our Lodge.  We thank you for trusting us with the privilege to serve your community members when they need us most.

We are very proud of our contributors who helped us to build our Lodge successfully and to furnish our suites.

Capital Cost Contributions

Canada Morgage & Housing Corporation
BC Housing
Children’s & Women’s Health Centre of BC
Minstry of Health
Vancouver Hospital & VCH
VanCity Community Foundation
Sunrise Enterprise
Chawathil First Nation
Selkirk First Nation
Tidy Blinds Limited
Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation
BC Hydro
Gillian Panton

Contributions to Furnish Suites

Ronald McDonald House Charities
Vancouver Foundation
Variety The Children’s Charity
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority

Gifts in Kind

Variety the Children’s Charity -Van
Old Massett Village Council
Brad Percival – Artwork
London Drugs Ltd – Projector

Contributions for Operational Expenses in our first year

BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre-Provincial Health Services

Health Programming Contributors

Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation
CN Rail
Ronald McDonald House Charities