WHITEHORSE — The federal government is providing funding for a new community hub on Kwanlin Dun First Nation settlement land in the McIntyre subdivision of Whitehorse, Yukon.
The energy efficient building will serve as a gathering space and will include an elder’s lounge where residents can gather to share traditional stories and seek advice, as well as a healing room, restorative justice space, and facilities for archival storage. It will also add display space for historical artifacts and artwork.
The Government of Canada is investing over $19.3 million in the project through the Rural and Northern Infrastructure Stream (RNIS) and the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream (CCRIS) of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The Yukon Government will contribute over $6.4 million and the Kwanlin Dun First Nation will contribute $3.2 million to this project.
“From the very beginning of the design phase, citizens have been sharing a vision of what they’d like to see,” said Chief Doris Bill, Kwanlin Dun First Nation, in a statement.