The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) provided funding of $ 70,000 to the Wachiay Friendship Center in support of an affordable housing project for Aboriginal people.
The contribution from CVRD’s Homeless Support Service will help develop 24-40 studio and one-bedroom units for Indigenous seniors and singles located at 17th Street and McPhee Avenue in Courtenay.
“The CVRD is committed to reconciling with the First Nations, Inuit and Métis of our community,” said Jesse Ketler, Chairman of the Board of Directors of CVRD.
“We know actions speak louder than words and we are committed to supporting initiatives that make a real and tangible difference in the lives of the Indigenous peoples of the Comox Valley. We are proud and honored to be part of this important community project.
The Wachiay Friendship Center serves over 7,000 urban and off-reserve Aboriginal people living in the Comox Valley region. This affordable housing project is just one of many programs and services available to Indigenous people living from Black Creek in the north to Fanny Bay in the south.
“Wachiay is committed to Indigenous housing for the Comox Valley,” said Monica Goodheart, President of Wachiay. “Huy ch q’u, Wachiay is grateful for CVRD funding for this vital project in our community.
Indigenous relations are a key driver of CVRD and in 2019 the Board of Directors adopted a framework that aims to provide basic services from an Indigenous relations perspective and to promote greater cultural awareness.
A key objective is to strengthen the capacity of all elected officials and staff to engage in collaborative work with communities and indigenous peoples.
For more information visit: comoxvalleyrd.ca/indigenousrelations