Sto:lo Nation Elders Lodge has growing wait list

Mary Emery sits quietly with her walker. Photo by Ricardo Khayatte

Mary Emery sits quietly with her walker. Photo by Ricardo Khayatte

When Bernice Williams wheels herself through the halls of her home, she passes by a framed obituary of her uncle, just one of many memoirs of the Sto:lo Nation’s most influential elders that hang on the walls.

After suffering years of domestic abuse and living on the streets of Chilliwack, B.C. without a home, Williams was able to find shelter in the Sto:lo Nation Elders Lodge — the only assisted-living facility for aboriginal seniors in British Columbia.

“I’m in a good place. I’ll never be homeless; I’ll never be hungry again. No beatings, no more black eyes, no more fat lips, no more broken bones — unless I fall down or something,” she said…

Read the story on CBC News British Columbia, including the radio version featured on Vancouver’s Early Edition

Read the story on UBC’s Indigenous Reporting webpage

Written by Jon Hernandez and Ricardo Khayatte

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About Jon Hernandez

Jon Hernandez is a Journalist, Tree Planter, and current student at UBC's Graduate School of Journalism. He holds a Bachelors of Arts from UBC Vancouver, and has worked for such publications as The Region and Sustainability Television. View all posts by Jon Hernandez

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