Naa-na-himyis Brothers Healing Lodge

Description: Naa-na-himyis Brothers Healing Lodge is an Indigenous Residential Facility overseen by an Indigenous Board and operated primarily of Indigenous People. Naa-na-himyis Brothers Healing Lodge is located at 1470 East Broadway in Vancouver. Staffed and supervised 24 hours, the Lodge has 17 beds, 3 double rooms and 11 single rooms. It is not wheelchair accessible. The Lodge contains one industrial sized kitchen, four full bathrooms- two on each floor, free laundry facilities, cable television in the dining room and the common room and a phone. A computer is available for employment research.

Cultural Programs: COEL Lodge provides culturally relevant services and supports including Elders, Sweat Lodge, Smudging, Canoe Teachings and Protocols, Feasts, Pipe Ceremonies, and Sharing Circles. COELS also provides a Pre-employment training program, Circle of Healing Support Network, Housing Program to prepare for living on own, Camp Potlatch, Spiritual Advisor, and a cooking program.

Close by amenities: Public transportation is accessible (Skytrain and bus), close to community centres, library, post-secondary schools, including the Native Education Centre, Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre, and Native Courtworkers.

Eligibility: Indigenous males, or Non-Indigenous males who are following the Red Path, 19+, ETA’s/ UTA’s accepted.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Brothers are expected to conduct themselves in a respectful manner at all times as is required by everyone in the organization, including Board, staff, Brothers and visitors.
  • Brothers newly arrived must spend 3 full days inside the Lodge for orientation. They will meet with their case manager, apply for IDs, meet with Parole Officer and prepare and identify their needs to implement their action plan.
  • Curfew: once house orientation is complete curfew is Sunday to Thursday 11:00PM. Fridays, Saturdays and holidays is 12:30AM. (Alarm system is activated during curfew hours). Parole Officers may impose their own curfew as per individual requirements.
  • Meals are provided, dinners are made by staff daily, and Brothers are responsible for cooking their own breakfast and lunch’s. All other times staff prepare the meals.
  • Weekend Pass System: Parole Board of Canada and Parole Officer may grant weekend passes after 4 weeks of residency provided there is a positive Community Assessment. One weekend pass if granted after one month, two after two months, etc.)
  • Brothers are expected to be working, seeking employment and or taking part in educational opportunities.
  • All Brothers must be awake by 7:00AM and ready for the day by 8:00AM.
  • All Brothers must attend 5:00PM dinner and house count or have written permission from their Parole Officer.
  • All Brothers must attend Brothers / Staff house meetings.
  • There is a zero tolerance policy at the Lodge for violence and profanity.
  • All Medications must be delivered to the house.
  • No smoking in the house.
  • Zero tolerance towards alcohol and drugs.
  • All guests must sign in at the office, guests are to leave by 10:00PM and are to follow Lodge rules and regulations. Guests are NOT allowed upstairs.

COEL Brothers’ Lodge Programs

  • Life Skills Program
  • Sweat Lodge Ceremonies
  • Elder Counseling
  • Personal Development
  • Recovery Program
  • Circle of Healing Program
  • COELS Pre-Employment Program
  • One-to-one counseling
  • Cultural Teachings
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Physical exercise
  • Household maintenance