New Indigenous Museum and Cultural Complex Coming to Fort Langley

 
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Today at the Langley Centennial Museum, John Aldag, Member of Parliament (Cloverdale–Langley City), announced $3 million in federal support for a new Cultural Centre and Museum Complex in Fort Langley.

The Township of Langley will build the Fort Langley Museum Heritage Centre with this funding.  The Centre will be a 36,000 square foot facility, including a 166 seat theatre, a Centennial Museum, and a new Indigenous Museum developed with Kwantlen First Nation. 

The complex will also hold community archives, a print making studio and four multi-purpose programming spaces.

Representing the Kwantlen First Nation was Councilor Tumia Knott and Vice-President Brenda Fernie.

Representing the Kwantlen First Nation was Councilor Tumia Knott and Vice-President Brenda Fernie.

 “The Kwantlen First Nation continues to work tirelessly to build and support a strong sense of community within our traditional unceded territory. We are so grateful for the support from Canadian Heritage and we look forward to our continued partnership with the Township of Langley and the Government of Canada on this important project. We are excited to share our rich culture and history with local, regional and international visitors, to celebrate and honour the rich local Indigenous presence in this area, and to continue to strengthen relationships with our neighbours and local governments. The Fort Langley Museums Heritage Centre provides so many positive cultural, educational and economic opportunities for us all and we are so pleased to be a part.” Chief Marilyn Gabriel, Kwantlen First Nation

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The Township of Langley will operate both museums with Kwantlen First Nation acting as advisors for the Indigenous museum.

The centre will bear the name Salishan, Place by the River.

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Community to Community Forum with Kwantlen First Nation and The Township of Langley

On July 10th a community to community forum was held with the intent to collaborate and continue to build bridges between the communities of Kwantlen First Nation and the Township of Langley.

Gordon MacIntosh, who has worked for over 37 years in management, education and consultancy roles within government, facilitated the event.

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Participants included Township Mayor and Council along with senior Township staff, as well as senior Kwantlen/Seyem’ staff and Kwantlen Chief and Council.

The event went well, with all parties coming together to find common strategic goals to tackle and developed new takeaways to start the process of collaboration.

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A big thank you to Fort Langley Golf Course for hosting the event.