Canada, B.C., Daylu Dena Council partner to build new cultural centre, demolish former residential school
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Media Contacts

Lindsay Byers

Press Secretary
Deputy Communications Director
Office of the Premier of British Columbia
Lindsay.Byers@gov.bc.ca

Chantalle Aubertin

Press Secretary
Office of the federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
Chantalle.Aubertin@canada.ca
613 941-0660

Cale Cowan

B.C. Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
Cale.Cowan@gov.bc.ca
250 356-7324

Katie Robertson

Daylu Dena Council
Daylu Dena Council Community Development Coordinator
250 682-5941

Media Relations

Infrastructure Canada
infc.media.infc@canada.ca
613 960-9251
1 877 250-7154

Indigenous Services Canada

Adrienne Vaupshas
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Marc Miller
Minister of Indigenous Services Canada
adrienne.vaupshas@canada.ca

Indigenous Services Canada

Media Relations
SAC.media.ISC@canada.ca
819 953-1160

Backgrounders

Partnering to build a new community building and demolish former residential school in Lower Post

The Government of Canada is investing $11.5 million to build the new multi-purpose community building, including $10 million from Infrastructure Canada’s Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, and $1.5 million from Indigenous Services Canada. The Government of British Columbia is investing $1.5 million, and Daylu Dena Council is contributing $538,960.

Furthermore, Indigenous Services Canada is contributing an additional $1.3 million through the First Nations Solid Waste Management Initiative for the removal of hazardous materials and demolition of the remaining part of the former Lower Post Residential School. Between 2016-2019, $4 million was provided through the Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan to assess and remediate the site.

Features of the new facility

Reflecting the community’s interests, culture and traditions, the new facility will provide administrative, recreational, educational, and cultural spaces for older youth and Elders.

This multi-purpose facility will include:

  • outdoor recreational areas, landscaping and garden installations
  • an indoor gym
  • an industrial kitchen
  • program rooms for beading, storytelling and Elder’s Tea
  • administrative offices and meeting spaces

The facility will be a viable space to deliver social programs and promote economic development. This multi-purpose building, at the heart of the community, will be a place of pride for Kaska Dena and will support healing and growth in the community.

Demolition of the former Lower Post residential school

The former Lower Post residential school has been a painful reminder of the legacy of the residential schools system, especially for those who attended the school from 1951 to 1975.

Since 1993, the Government of Canada has worked closely with Daylu Dena Council on the environmental remediation of the site where the former residential school was located, in preparation for the demolition of what’s left of the building.  Site remediation and hazardous materials removal are necessary to minimize any negative environmental impacts from the demolition or other related work.

Demolition of the remaining structure, which will be led by Daylu Dena Council, symbolizes healing and hope in the community. Indigenous Services Canada will continue to work with Daylu Dena Council until the demolition is completed.

Dismantling the last pieces of the former residential school and adding a new multi-purpose cultural building represent significant steps forward for reconciliation.