Daylu Dena Council celebrates grand opening of multi-use building in Lower Post, British Columbia

Daylu Dena Council celebrates grand opening of multi-use building in Lower Post, British Columbia
Daylu Dena Council celebrates grand opening of multi-use building in Lower Post, British Columbia

LOWER POST, BC, June 21, 2024 /CNW/ – Today, the Daylu Dena Council, in partnership with the Government of Canada and the Government of British Columbia, proudly announces the opening of a new multi-purpose building in Lower Post, in British Columbia. The new Dene Kǫ^ multifunctional building, developed as part of the transformation of the area formerly occupied by the Dene Kǫ^ boarding school Lower Postmarks an important milestone in the community’s journey toward healing and reconciliation.

The new multi-purpose building is the latest addition to a series of significant community developments, including a recently opened water treatment plant and numerous new housing projects. All of these advances demonstrate a period of growth and revitalization for the Daylu Dena Council and the Kaska people.

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“The opening of this new multifunctional building is a monumental achievement for our community of Lower Post and the Kaska people. It symbolizes our resilience and determination and is an important step on the path to healing and reconciliation following the closure of the residential school. Lower Post. This building is not only a physical structure, but also a pillar of hope and healing, reflecting the reclamation of our cultural heritage and fostering a vibrant future. It will be a magnificent place where Kaska culture can thrive, where community ties can be strengthened, and where our future generations can grow and flourish. I sincerely thank the Government of Canada and the Government of British Columbia for their continued partnership and support in delivering this transformative project. »

Deputy Head Harlan SchillingDaylu Dena Council

“Three years ago, my predecessors spoke of the ceremonial demolition of the residential school in Lower Post. They looked forward to the day when the new multi-purpose building would be ready. I echo their words and hope that today’s gathering is another step toward healing, and that this building will be a place where the community can feel welcomed and safe. We are committed to supporting communities like this in their efforts toward healing and reconciliation. »

The Honorable Gary Anandasangaree, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

“This new multi-functional building represents our commitment and continued responsibility to address the legacy of residential schools, while supporting Indigenous communities in their quest for a better future. We are committed to continuing our partnership with Indigenous communities, ensuring they receive the support necessary for sustainable development and healing. »

The honorable Patty HajduMinister of Indigenous Services

“The opening of the new community building in Lower Post demonstrates the leadership of Daylu Dena Council and the Kaska people. Land once marked by pain and sadness has been reclaimed to serve as the foundation for a new cultural center and community space. We celebrate with the community of Lower Post the beginning of a new chapter of hope and healing begins. »

The honorable David EbyPremier of British Columbia

Quick facts

  • The former boarding school Lower Post was operational from 1951 to 1975.
  • The demolition of the old boarding school took place in 2021.
  • The new multi-purpose building was funded by significant contributions from the federal and provincial governments.

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SOURCE Indigenous Services Canada

For further information, media may contact: Katie Robertson, Community Development Coordinator, Daylu Dena Council, 250-682-5941, [email protected]; Jennifer Kozelj, Press Secretary, Office of the Honorable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for FedNor, [email protected]; Media Relations, Indigenous Services Canada, 819-953-1160, [email protected]; Matthieu Perrotin, Press Secretary, Office of the Honorable, Gary Anandasangaree, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, [email protected]; Media Relations, Crown-Indigenous Relations, 819-934-2302, [email protected]; Micaal Ahmed, Communications Manager, Office of the Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities, 343-598-3920, [email protected]; Media Relations, Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll-free: 1-877-250-7154; Media Relations, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), [email protected]; Jimmy Smith, Deputy Director of Communications, Office of the Premier of British Columbia, [email protected]

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