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NWCC looking for options to increase longhouse usage

NWCC looking for options to increase longhouse usage

The Northwest Community College is looking for new uses for its Waap Galts’ap Community House on the Terrace campus.

The longhouse was opened in 2010, but the school says it’s being under utilized.

One idea that the school is considering is to mix a library and student services into the location.

On Wednesday, the school met with the First Nations Council to discuss the idea.

Heather Bastin of NWCC says they’re still early in the consultation phase.

Joe Bevan is the Chief Counsellor for the Kitselas First Nation, and he’s a member of NWCC’s First Nations Council.

He says the initial idea of using the longhouse as a library was a shock, saying the longhouse is a sacred place.

But he says he’s willing to consider non-traditional uses of the longhouse as long as it remains true to the longhouse’s original intent.

He adds the longhouse isn’t just for Aboriginal people, but also to spread knowledge of First Nation’s culture.

Bevan says NWCC has been respectful in how they’ve handled the situation, and looks forward to hearing different ideas on how to increase usage.

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