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Indigenous Affairs

UFV's Gathering Place

On May 11, 2012, the University of the Fraser Valley celebrated the opening of a new building at the Canada Education Park in Chilliwack.

The new building includes space for an Aboriginal Centre and a Gathering Place modeled after a Sto:lo longhouse. The entire wing housing these facilities was developed in consultation with the Aboriginal community.

The gathering place brings a modern touch to a traditional communal long-house design, with a sunken floor surrounded by layered bench seating, and a warm setting featuring B.C. wood. It is configured for traditional-style presentations and can hold approximately 200 people. The recessed floor resonates with a connection to mother earth.

The Gathering Place was built with special funding from the provincial government.

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Cultural Resurgence S'iwes, Sept 2021 to Mar 2022

Join the Indigenous Affairs office and learn traditional teachings from the elders and resource people in the community through the Cultural Resurgence program.

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