Round Prairie Elders' Lodge

A rendering of Round Prairie Elders' Lodge in Saskatoon, Sask.

Client

Central Urban Métis Federation Inc.

Funding partners

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) - Indigenous Housing Innovation Initiative (IHII)
Métis Nation-Saskatchewan (MN-S)
City of Saskatoon

Construction partners

Big Block Construction
David T. Fortin Architect

Features

  • Métis culturally relevant design
  • Courtyard with traditional medicinal plantings and fruit trees
  • Wide range of supports for elders on site
  • Ceremony/prayer room
  • Core area infill project
  • Focus on health and wellness
The Round Prairie Elders’ Lodge solves a housing need that the Central Urban Métis Federation Inc. (CUMFI) identified years ago: To create culturally appropriate, affordable housing for Métis Elders.

This three-storey, multi-unit residential building offers independent living for Elders with support, putting residents’ health, safety, and well-being at the forefront.

Architect David T. Fortin took inspiration from the traditional homes the Métis were building in Batoche and around the province. The building features a southern facing courtyard with a fireplace outside for cultural and social events , surrounded by a garden with plants for traditional medicines and there’s a spiritual room in the building that residents can use to smudge or pray.

An infill project in one of Saskatoon’s core neighbourhoods, Pleasant Hill, the project has an unprecedented level of collaboration with funding sources, making the rental costs almost 40% below market rates.

The project is another example of CUMFI providing leadership in addressing chronic housing shortages in the City of Saskatoon. Elders are some of the most vulnerable and isolated people and the need for a culturally appropriate, supported and affordable housing is long standing and CUMFI is proud of the many partnerships developed to move this project forward.

26
units
25,881
sq ft

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