BC First Nation opens new literacy centre

August 13, 2014

BC’s Malahat Nation is celebrating the opening of its new literacy and culture centre, the Kwunew Kwasun Cultural Resource Centre. The centre expands on the existing modular library space made possible by Write to Read, a charitable program founded by ex-Lieutenant-Governor Steven Point and Rotarian Bob Blacker that gathers book donations and distributes them to rural First Nations communities. The new centre is modelled after a traditional longhouse, with one area dedicated to the literacy centre and a second area designed for community gatherings and early childhood education, language, and cultural programs. “This building provides us with the opportunity to learn through reading and education and ties in with the opportunity to learn about our historical ways, which are being passed on to this day,” said Malahat Nation Chief Michael Harry. The 3,000-square-foot facility cost $650,000, with $150,000 contributed by the Malahat Nation and the rest from donations and fundraising. Cowichan News Leader Pictorial | CBC