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Our Aboriginal Gathering Place Officially Opens Its Doors

Please join in the May 24th reception and open house. Refreshments and appetizers are being served, so please RSVP to the Development Department by May 14th to 250.365.1360 or events@selkirk.ca. If you are unable to join us on for this opening, there will be an open house from noon till 6:00 p.m. on May 31st and June 1st. 


On May 24, 2012 Selkirk's long awaited Aboriginal Gathering Place will officially open. There will be a reception and opening ceremony between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. and all Selkirk College employees are welcome to join invited members of the community in the celebration. 

About the Gathering Place

It was almost two years ago that we broke ground and began work on the facility. With funding from the Ministry of Advanced Education’s Gathering Places Capital Fund and generous contributions from Columbia Basin Trust, Teck Metals, and members of the community, we have been able to bring the Gathering Place to the point where it can be officially opened. All that remains is to find the necessary funds to purchase and install the final furnishings.

The Gathering Place is important to Selkirk on many levels but none more so than with our Aboriginal students. The facility provides a welcoming, supportive, and engaging environment for all First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. From the college’s perspective, it is a significant part of our goal to better serve the wider Aboriginal community in the region and beyond. The Gathering Place will provide space to promote aboriginal culture, tradition, ceremony and celebration and support overall retention of students.

This new facility further supports the achievement of the BC Government’s Transformative Change and New Relationship Accords which seek to: “close the gap in education … by supporting First Nations learners.” The community at large will also benefit as the space will be available for meetings and events.

There are three main activity areas in the Gathering Place:

  • The central gathering area has been designed to facilitate student activities, presentations, seminars and traditional ceremonies. This space will have the technology to link with guest speakers and with other Gathering Places allowing students to connect with one another.
  • The study area serves the purposes of quiet study and tutoring. It will include student work space, and computer access. The room will include a small sink, fridge, cupboard for dishes and a counter for placing a microwave oven.
  • The community office or quiet space where learners, elders and community partners can meet.

For more information or to RSVP 

Please RSVP to the Development Department by May 14th to Joyce Buckler at 250.365.1360 or events@selkirk.ca. If you are unable to join us on for this opening, there will be an open house from noon till 6:00 p.m. on May 31st and June 1st.