SFU receives $5M from City of Burnaby to support First Peoples’ Gathering House

Simon Fraser University has received a $5M contribution from the City of Burnaby to support the construction of the First Peoples’ Gathering House on the Burnaby campus. The project, which is expected to be complete in 2024, will serve as a culturally appropriate ceremonial space for Indigenous cultural events and foster connections between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. The hall will have space for up to 300 people as well as a dressing room, Elders room, classroom, wellness room, and a multi-generational Indigenous peoples’ lounge and food service kitchen. “Longhouses are the centre of our Indigenous culture, as sacred places in our communities where teaching, learning, ceremony and protocols are upheld and practiced,” said SFU Director of the Office for Aboriginal Peoples Ron Johnston.

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