Elders hold ground blessing at VCC to prepare for construction of new centre

Members from the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations recently visited Vancouver Community College and held a traditional ground blessing to prepare for the construction of the Centre for Clean Energy and Automotive Innovation. The ceremony honoured the history of the land and included a traditional song, land acknowledgements, and ground blessings from the three host nations. “Our collective blessing of the grounds for the new building at VCC symbolizes much more than the start of construction — it signifies a deep recognition of our shared past and a collaborative step towards a sustainable future,” said Tsleil-Waututh Nation Elder Carleen Thomas.