The newly renovated area is designed to help support aboriginal students in a variety of ways, containing couches, a study area, an area for socializing as well as a kitchen.
At Thursday’s grand opening, a variety of presentations were made in the new Gathering Space, including drummers from the Doig River, and Mayor Bruce Lantz, who made a short speech. Lantz said such a gathering space is important not only for the educational benefits of aboriginals, but also for a "greater sense of community and spirit."
Minister of Advanced Education Naomi Yamamoto says "providing support for Aboriginal students will help build a strong foundation for their future success, assisting them to secure good jobs and provide for their families."
On Nov. 1, the Northern Lights campus in Dawson Creek will celebrate the official opening of their own Aboriginal Gathering Space.
The Northern Lights College’s gathering spaces are part of a $13.6 million investment by the Province to create gathering spaces at public post-secondary institutions throughout the province.