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Did I Go To A Human Rights Rally and First Nations Worship Service or a Housing Conference?

Reflections on the 30th Annual Housing Central Conference   We are welcomed by the indigenous and led in worship by them. They beat their drums and sing about their land, their ancestors, and the creator of us all. Those of us with white skin are reprimanded at the beginning of every session. The land acknowledgement…

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Historical Overview of Vets Manor

A survey done by Veterans Affairs in 1984 revealed that over 900 Veterans lived in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside.  Many lived in deplorable conditions because their lifestyle classified them as “hard to house”, and the upcoming “Expo ‘86” threatened to render many of them completely homeless. Various Veterans’ organizations came together in a non-profit society…

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Vets Grand Opening – 1986

The Veterans Memorial Manor officially opened on August 27th 1986, below is an article from Legion Publication No. 8, September, 1986. An official ribbon-cutting ceremony took place August 27th At Veterans’ Memorial Manor, 310 Alexander st. a residence sponsored by the Veterans’ Memorial Housing Society. On hand to celebrate the opening were the Honourable George…

Vets Manor in 1987

First Year for Veterans Memorial Manor, August 1987 – The Veterans’ Advocate …”an example of what can be accomplished when old comrades remember…” Veterans Memorial Manor, a clean modern, five-storey apartment-type building located in the heart of Vancouver’s downtown east side is a “home with a heart” for 134 veterans.  Just across and down the…

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