The College of New Caledonia is hoping a new multi-million dollar development will help Indigenous learners thrive.
The BC government has announced construction of an Indigenous housing building at the CNC Prince George campus.
The 440 square metre facility built in Lheidli T’enneh homelands will offer culturally supportive housing with the goal of improving acess to post-secondary training for first-year Indigenous students from remote northern communities.
The $2.6 million building will have up to 12 furnished student rooms, a suite for an Elder to support students, a shared kitchen, living area, washrooms and laundry facilities, as well as a designated area for cultural practices, teachings and activities.
“We support the efforts made by the Province of B.C., and will work closely with the college to ensure that the new Indigenous student housing is both culturally welcoming and allows a safe space for continued successes for all Indigenous learners,” said Lheidli T’enneh Chief Dominic Frederick. “This will be an opportunity to work closely with our Elders and community members in the near future.”
Construction on the building is expected to begin in early 2019, with occupancy expected by fall 2019.