The demolition of Lower Post school building is ‘a chance to start that healing process.’ It marks the end of a decades-long fight by northern First Nations to remove the residential school, which operated from 1951 to 1975 and has remained as a constant reminder of the violence inflicted by colonial governments.
“I never knew cruelty before I came here,” Julia Dickson, an Elder and residential school survivor from the Liard First Nation.
Dickson was brought to the school at age eight from Ross River, Yukon, located 400 kilometres north of Lower Post. The new building will include rooms for beading, storytelling and Elders’ tea, an indoor gymnasium, industrial kitchen, garden and outdoor recreation areas and will replace the remaining portion of the former Lower Post residential school, which was used as council office space until June.
An artist’s rendering of the new Daylu Dena Multi-Purpose Cultural Building.
The federal government will invest $11.5 million in the new facility, with the province providing $1.5 million and the Daylu Dena Council $538,960.Statement by Minister Bennett and Minister Miller on today's gathering in Lower Post, British Columbia Please click here to read.