New Health and Healing Centre To Be Completed by 2021

Kúkwpi7 Skalúlmecw Chief Dean Nelson speaks at ground breaking ceremony for new health centre.

Community members, Elders, leaders, and health partners participated in a special ground-breaking ceremony to mark the beginning of a new Health and Healing Centre in Xet̓ólacw onAugust 9.

The new 730 square metre health centre increases capacity by 20 per cent and accommodates Líl̓wat Nation’s growing demand for health and healing programs/services. The Nation’s  population has grown 30 per cent since 1998, when the existing health and healing centre was built.

“The First Nations Health Authority is pleased to support the creation of this new health and healing centre in Líl̓wat Nation’s Xet̓ólacw Village” said FNHA Chief Operating Officer Richard Jock. “Community-designed health and wellness centres are important vehicles to our vision of Healthy, Self-determining and Vibrant BC First Nations Children, Families and Communities.”

FNHA is pleased to partner with the community in this exciting venture.

“FNHA team is extremely humbled to be standing with the Líl̓wat family in this traditional and cultural wellness event,” said Naomi Williams, FNHA’s Acting Regional Director for Vancouver Coastal Region. “As we forge ahead in partnership together for the health and wellness of our communities, our presence demonstrates the way we work together: in the ceremony, together as one, bridging the past while looking into the future.”

The First Nations Health Authority contributed $368,000 towards this project. Construction is anticipated to be completed in 2021.