More Aboriginal gathering places at public post-secondary institutions are being opened across the province.
Executive Director at the Thompson Rivers University campus in Williams Lake, Dr. Ray Sanders says he’s pleased to see that more are being built.
“You know we may be a small campus, but we seem like a really large place to someone who comes from Anaham or some of the other outlying areas, and it provides a comfort level for our Indigenous First Nation learners.”
Sanders adds that he remembers it well when the gathering place opened at the campus six years ago.
“When I started here 4 days later, we had the grand opening of the gathering place which really helped attract me here because I could see that the University was committed to our First Nations and Aboriginal populations. It really is a wonderful thing to have.”
Each of the Aboriginal gathering places is a unique space that reflects the culture and traditions of the Aboriginal students it serves.
There are currently 31 Aboriginal Gathering Places within the province with the most recent one opening just this week at the New Westminster campus of the Justice Institute of British Columbia.