Redesigned Beban Park will add valuable amenities to our community

The redesigned Beban Park and the Indigenous Peoples Place of Culture will make an important and valued contribution to our community.

To the Editor,

Re: Park redevelopment one step closer, Nov. 8.

This is great news. I would like to congratulate the Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre and the Mid Island Métis as well as their community supporters on this important step on the road to making the Indigenous Peoples Place of Culture a reality. I would also like to express my appreciation for the commitment shown by the City of Nanaimo and for the work of the other Beban partners. The redesigned Beban Park and the Indigenous Peoples Place of Culture will make an important and valued contribution to the life of all members of our community.

Terre FlowerNanaimo


To the Editor,

Re: Park redevelopment one step closer, Nov. 8.

This is exciting news for Nanaimo. The opportunity for growth in this community with the construction of IPPC will be immeasurable. The growth will come in the form of a multitude of indigenous cultures being able to come together to celebrate and honour each other. We live in a melting pot here in Nanaimo and with the development of the IPPC at Beban Park, this pot will be overflowing with education and the building of community relationships.

As an urban indigenous person and not from Snuneymuxw territory, my family would benefit from having a place to go and celebrate in collaboration with other indigenous cultures. At the moment Nanaimo does not have a place where indigenous groups are able to educate the community and each other.

There is tremendous value in having this new facility on the site of Beban Park as the location is centralized and accessible. This development will create a new energy in the city, an energy of connection, education and strong community belonging.

Aileen TuckNanaimo


To the Editor,

Re: Park redevelopment one step closer, Nov. 8.

It is exciting to read that city council has given approval in principle to development concepts at Beban Park. The Indigenous Peoples Place of Culture is a collaboration between Nanaimo residents, the Mid-Island Métis Nation, Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island, and the Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre. The vision for the centre is for a culturally supportive community space for all people to gather, to nurture relationships and build partnerships through various activities. Beban Park with its indoor and outdoor recreational space is an ideal location for youth and education centres and licensed childcare space.

Anita Valleeboard chairwomanBoys and Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island

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