The ‘Victoria Native Indian Housing Society’ was incorporated on February 6, 1984 as a non-profit society. The name was changed to the M’akola Housing Society on April 5, 1988.
The Society was originally established to provide safe, affordable housing for families of Aboriginal ancestry who were in core need of housing in urban centres on Vancouver Island. Since that time the Society and its mandate have expanded into what is now the M’akola Group of Societies.
- M’akola Group of Societies manages 748 Housing units in Vancouver Island.
- M’akola has built and now manages 372 townhouse units in Victoria, Duncan, Nanaimo, and Port Alberni through the Urban Native Program funded by CMHC.
- The M’akola BC Housing Society manages 62 units in Victoria, Duncan and Nanaimo.
- The M’akola Leasehold Housing Society manages all developments under the Homes BC Program including a 42-unit townhouse development in Courtenay , a 22-unit complex in Victoria and 4 complexes totalling 151 units in Campbell River.
- M’akola Group of Societies broke the ground on their 41st Project on June 8, 2004 in Langford BC. M’akola ILBC Housing Society is a partnership between the District of Langford, Homes BC, Vancouver Island Health Authority and M’akola Group of Societies. It will provide housing for seniors, elders and people with disabilities.
LOGO DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT
Cowichan Tribes Member
Born in 1970. Stuart was born and raised on the S’amun’a Reserve in the Cowichan Valley. Stuart was raised by his grandparents and has learned the value and importance of Culture and Language. For the past 15 years Stuart has been creating unique and creative Coast Salish Art. Working in many different mediums such as wood, graphic design, gold and silver jewellery, clothing, glass and drums. Stuart continues to create modern pieces yet committed to the traditional style of Coast Salish Art. His work can be found locally as well as throughout the world.
Title of logo
This image is created in the spirit of the Coast Salish People. It’s a Spindle Whorl design with two eagles. The two eagles are male and female representing the balance we have in life. The eagles are our spiritual protectors and helpers. We humbly ask for spiritual strength for ourselves and others. Helping one another is one of the biggest teachings of the Salish People. By doing this it is said we bring medicine to all people in our community. It is critical that we take care of our Elders. Our Elders are the richness of our community. So again we come back to our image which represents unity,strength and healing. By seeking knowledge and wisdom from our Elders we can grow to become a strong and proud community.