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November 16, 2023 – Spirit Bay, British Columbia
Today, Chief Russ Chipps, council members Sheeba Sawyer and Traci-Lynn Pateman of the Sc’ianew First Nation, and the Honourable Gary Anandasangaree, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, announced $5,439,245 in funding provided through the Cultural Spaces in Indigenous Communities Program, for the construction of the Community Cultural Space Centre. This building will play a key role in achieving a larger vision; it will be one of the main buildings in the Sc’ianew town centre.
The Sc’ianew First Nation places a high priority on the health and welfare of its members. The Chief and Council have identified the need for a Community Cultural Centre as an important component in achieving the Council’s objective of delivering effective health, wellness, recreation, and cultural services to the community. As the main recreational, cultural, health, and administration building for Sc’ianew First Nation members, the Community Cultural Centre will also benefit the residents of Spirit Bay.
Investing in cultural spaces is crucial to addressing the root causes of violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQI+ individuals. This transformative program also supports Indigenous Peoples in reclaiming their identity as part of their journey toward self-determination. This is a crucial step in advancing reconciliation and building relationships between Indigenous Peoples, governments, and all Canadians.
“We want to raise our hands and thank our partners, signers, and administration staff for walking this journey of tolerance with us! It’s an easy pathway to do when you have good people around you.”
Sc’ianew First Nation Chief Russ Chipps
“The construction of the Community Cultural Centre is a major project for the Sc’ianew First Nation. It will serve Sc’ianew First Nation well and ensure everyone in the community can access culture and language, as well as strengthen their identities. This is another meaningful step in responding to the MMIWG Calls for Justice, which call upon all governments to prioritize safe and meaningful access to culture and languages for Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQI+ people.”
The Honourable Gary Anandasangaree
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations
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Sc’ianew First Nation
Office of the Honourable Gary Anandasangaree
Ministre of Crown-Indigenous Relations
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