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Gala helps move Malahat band forward
Organizers of the Malahat First Nation’s big fundraiser are pretty pumped about rolling out the red carpet for visitors, actor Adam Beach and former Lt. Gov. Steven Point this weekend.
Beach and Point are due to make appearances as part of the Malahat Kwunew Kwasun Cultural Resource Centre fundraiser at Brentwood College tomorrow.
But Malahat Chief Michael Harry’s mostly excited about having one of the band’s youths speak at the event on what literacy means to them.
“It’s an important time in our nation. We’re creating a foundation of stability for our young people to flourish,” Harry said on Wednesday. “Rather than talking, we’re delivering.
“Talk is cheap,” the chief said, noting more than 300 tickets have been sold for the gala.
The cultural resource centre is envisioned as a place for the community to learn, teach values, re-build culture, and provide books and other educational resources.
“This unique facility, which is designed to bring multi-generational programming and educational opportunities to the community, will focus on literacy development and preschool programming,” states a press release. “In order to move the project from plan to reality, the Malahat Nation is hosting a fundraiser.”
Organizers are hoping to raise about $75,000 Saturday to help foot the centre’s estimated $675,000 construction bill.
The fundraiser features a dinner created by the culinary team at Brentwood College in collaboration with the Malahat Nation, and will be accompanied by traditional entertainment.
Live and silent auctions showcasing some of the best in Aboriginal art and craftsmanship today are also on the menu.
Ground has already been broken for the centre and concrete was poured Oct. 25, Harry said.
The centre will focus on the community’s educational needs, and create a space for sharing, validating and reinforcing the fundamentals of Malahat values including integrity, practices, beliefs, principles and action.
“It’s something we’ve decided to step out of the box for, doing different things for our children and our nation,” said Harry.
“Over the last little bit, our people have put together a community plan, and this was one of the things acting as a pillar to our culture, language and literacy.”
Harry’s proud both Beach, of Dog Creek First Nation and Smoke Signals fame, and Point, whose held a keen interest in this project, are attending in support.
“This is one of Steven Point’s projects from when he was lieutenant-governor,” said Harry. “And Adam Beach loves doing these kinds of events.
There was definitely a major influx of people coming to attend after they heard about them.”
Harry figured the centre should be up and running by January.
Tickets are $120, or $960 for tables of eight, but the chief noted they’re getting close to capacity.
For information contact Dawn Holmen at (604) 483-3532 or firstname.lastname@example.org.