Songhees Nation to Construct World Caliber Wellness Centre
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Victoria British Columbia – May 7, 2012
The Songhees Nation of the Lekwungen Peoples is a Coast Salish community whose traditional territory includes areas on the southern tip of Vancouver Island and the San Juan and Gulf Islands. They have a 60 hectare reserve located in Greater Victoria, and an additional 60 hectares of reserve land comprised of a number of islands off the coast of Victoria.
The Songhees Wellness Centre will be a focal point for Community activities and an opportunity to connect with the region. The facility will be the realization of a long held dream for a Community gathering place with space for sports and recreation programs. A full size gym, with change rooms and a fitness centre will encourage active lifestyles, offering a full range of recreational activities from fun leagues to serious training for current and future athletes. Hosting sports events with up to 500 people in attendance will be a source of Community pride. Read more.
The facility will create a venue for Songhees Nation to participate in the regional economy. The City lacks an opportunity to experience local First Nations culture in a direct and meaningful way. The Conference Centre facilities in the gymnasium, plus multiple meetings rooms and an industrial sized kitchen will be complimented with traditional dancing and foods, a gift shop/gallery and cultural interpretation centre. There will be new and exciting opportunities for cooks, servers, singers and dancers and artists. Local entrepreneurs will have a place to link aboriginal tourism projects such as canoe tours.
A Health Centre will allow the delivery of new and existing health initiatives in a holistic manner, linking programs to address physical, emotional, spiritual and mental health needs of the Community. A teaching kitchen will contribute to healthy lifestyles with programs such as cooking for diabetics.
Centralization of Education program delivery with linkages to sports programs and youth activities will encourage greater participation and lead to higher graduation levels.
The building will serve as a post disaster gathering place for the area and be an integral asset to our emergency response mutual aid agreement with the Town of View Royal. This ‘green’ building will be an example of Leadership in Environmental Engineering and Design with geothermal heating and solar hot water as well as innovative materials throughout.
1500D Admirals Road Victoria BC, V9A 2R1