Nawican Bergeron Youth and Cultural Centre project is a go

The NBYCC is expected to have some programming by this December.

The deed was in hand, the Smudge ready, and keys were ready to be turned over to Nawican's executive director Jannah Kohlman in March to announce the Nawican Bergeron Youth and Cultural Centre - and then COVID-19 hit.

"We had to revamp and delay a few things certainly," said Kohlman in the here and now.

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"We can say now we see unlimited opportunities here."

With millions out in grant funding applications - a sweat lodge, ice rink, performance stage, craft areas and more are all planed for Nawican to move its youth and culture programs away from the main Nawican location, which will still host soup kitchens and their exclusively adult programs.

'We are still doing 150 to 175 meals a day, six days a week, says Nawican manager Nicole De Vuyst.

Kohlman said the limitations of the new building are the vision of the board, youth, and Nawican staff.

"Where there is a will, there is a way," adds Kohlman.

It is a sentiment shared by Dawson Creek mayor Dale Bumstead.

"Passion is what this is  - building the services of a community up is a city's foundation. When I heard what was going on at this iconic location and building, I thought what a great job."

Peggy and Gerry Bergeron said they were honoured to have their name associated with Nawican youth and culture moving forward.

"We could not think of a better organization or future for the building."

Kohlman said regardless of what ends up under the roof in the end - the intent of the NBYCC is an easy one.

"It will be a place for youth to feel comfortable and to promote understanding amongst First Nations and non First Nations peoples."



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