Ch’ich’iyúy is named for Ch’ich’iyúy Elxwíkn (Chay-chay-yoy Ull-x-wake-un), the mountain peaks on the North Shore that watch over the traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples.

Translated from the Squamish language as “Twin Sisters”, these peaks represent the transformation of the Twin Sister Princesses who were immortalized by the Xays during ancient times. They represent peace and honour Indigenous matriarchs. 

Special thanks to Squamish Hereditary Chief Ian Campbell - Xalok/Sokyu Siyam who contributed to this project as Knowledge Keeper in the development of project vision, inspiration and building designs.


A Welcoming Place to Call Your Own

The Ch’ich’iyúy development was designed to meet the needs and aspirations of Urban Indigenous Peoples  while celebrating the history of the three host nations: xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh).

Community and partnership are at the forefront of this purposeful development. Ch’ich’iyúy brings urban home ownership within reach in a welcoming community that celebrates Indigenous Peoples and cultures.

Ch’ich’iyúy is the first non-profit, Indigenous-owned, affordable homeownership community housing development in Canada. 


Project Partners 

Lu’ma Native Housing Society - Project Owner and Operator 

Atira Women’s Resource Society  - Will operate 56 rental suites for Elder women in need of long-term housing.    

Terra Social Purpose Real Estate - Developer 

Urban Arts Architecture - Building Architect 

ITC – Builder  

Aboriginal Land Trust (ALT) is a BC-based, Indigenous-owned, non-profit society. ALT owns and will manage the building. The Aboriginal Land Trust is a subsidiary of Lu’ma Native Housing Society, which has been providing homes to people in Vancouver for over 40 years.