Urban Aboriginal Fair Trade Gallery

A social enterprise to provide Aboriginal artists with a community-owned resource


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The Urban Aboriginal Fair Trade Gallery is a social enterprise created by Vancouver Native Housing Society (VNHS) to provide a community owned resource for Aboriginal artists. The project grew out of a communications program, Looking Forward Looking Back that looked at Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside through the eyes of Aboriginal artists.

The website is a community-driven initiative dedicated to sharing the artistic and cultural work of the urban Aboriginal community. There are many exciting projects underway and this site has been created to share them with our neighbours and friends on Vancouver’s Eastside and beyond.

We invite you to watch our mural video below of the unveiling ceremony and blessing of the beautiful new Aboriginal mural on the west wall of the Orwell Hotel at 456 East Hastings.

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VNHS has recently been granted a $3,500,000.00 Federal Infrastructure Stimulus grant for a new construction project in the DTES – the new development will include an urban Aboriginal Fair Trade Art Gallery & Production Space and an Aboriginal centric medical stay facility – The Vancouver Healing Lodge.

This new construction project is on the site of the old Pender Hotel at 31 West Pender. The building will retain the Heritage front facade and include 24 SRA (single room accommodation) units for the homeless and homeless at risk.

To reflect the Aboriginal nature of this Healing Lodge there will be a stylized long house with a faux sweat lodge and totem pole incorporated into the design.

We have already created an online gallery in advance of the opening of the Urban Aboriginal Gallery and Production Space – the gallery is presently hosted on the Looking Forward Looking Back site http://www.lookingforwardlookingback.com/.

Our Partners

We would like to thank our project partners for their support and the generous financial contributions that have made this project possible:

• City of Vancouver
• BC Housing
• General Paint
• Strathcona
• VanMar Constructors


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