BC government gives $2.5M for Indigenous center after concept plan is approved


The British Columbia government says it will provide $2.5 million for an Indigenous center in Vancouver after the approval of a concept plan.

A news release Friday says the center will include a post-secondary education and skills training campus, affordable homes, child care, and cultural and support services.

It says the $2.5 million has been given for the center to finalize the project’s scope, timelines and funding sources.

The release says land for the center has been “conditionally secured” from the Urban Native Youth Association, City of Vancouver and Suncor Energy Inc., at the corner of East Hastings Street and Commercial Drive in Vancouver.

It says this centre, once completed, will give Indigenous youth a chance to learn in a culturally safe environment.

Premier John Horgan says there is a “growing demand for community-based, culturally relevant services,” which can be fulfilled with a center such as this.

“This new center will help meet the need and seize the opportunity, serving as a national example of Indigenous-led, transformational change.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 6, 2022.

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