Building boom in a West Coast First Nation

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In 2020 Tla’amin Nation broke ground by starting the first building projects in over 15 years on Nation land. Five of these projects have just been completed.

On July 12 a grand opening ceremony was held for three new social housing units, which each have four bedrooms and will be rented out to Tla’amin families with low income.

An opening ceremony was also held for the new Child Development and Resource Centre (Children’s House), an extension to Tla’amin’s current daycare that will provide a larger space for the older children.

The new fieldhouse (Cousin’s House) had a ceremony too. Cousin’s House has a kitchen, weight room, offices, and will have before and after school care programs for kids and teens.

These projects were celebrated through drumming, singing, dancing, and speeches by public works director Carmen Galligos, hegus John Hackett, executive council member Dillion Johnson, MLA Nicholas Simons, as well as minister of Crown-Indigenous relations Marc Miller.

Although the five buildings are complete, they are set to be used late August and early September.

Elder Les.Pet (Doreen Point) opened each ceremony with a traditional prayer, while elders and youth brushed the insides and outsides of buildings with cedar boughs.

The day started at the social housing and ended at Cousin’s House where a bannock taco and salmon lunch was provided by Tla’amin for attendees. After the ceremonies, a mother bear and her cubs played in the field behind Cousin’s House, putting the new youth space to use.

Abby Francis, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, qathet Living

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