Canada and British Columbia investments in local infrastructure help build community connections for people in Surrey and the Fraser Valley Region

MNBC is pleased to share that we have received $1.2-million from the Government of Canada through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program’s new COVID-19 Community Resilience stream.This funding has gone towards the cost of construction at MNBC’s new headquarters, called the Mamawii Gathering Place.“The Mamawii Gathering Place in Surrey will be one of pride, where Métis people from across B.C. can host gatherings and meetings, and access a number of culturally appropriate resources, programs and services, including employment and training initiatives. Funding from the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure program will support Métis Nation B.C. in upgrading its gathering place, enhance the development of the socio-economic and cultural well-being of Métis people in B.C., and provide an opportunity for others to learn and experience Metis culture.”Lissa Dawn Smith, Acting President, Métis Nation British Columbia

Fraser Valley, British Columbia, June 28, 2021— The governments of Canada and British Columbia continue to invest in infrastructure during this extraordinary time to enhance peoples’ quality of life, meet the needs of communities, and support local economies to continue to address the impact of COVID-19. 

Today, Ken Hardie, Member of Parliament for Fleetwood–Port Kells, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Josie Osborne, British Columbia’s Minister of Municipal Affairs, Acting Mayor for the Township of Langley Bob Long, and Lissa Dawn Smith, Acting President, Métis Nation, announced funding to upgrade local infrastructure in Surrey and the Fraser Valley area. They were also accompanied by Member of the B.C. Legislature for Langley East, Megan Dykeman.

These infrastructure projects will bring a multitude of benefits to communities and people, including ensuring protection from seismic events, responding to a growing demand for enhanced recreational and outdoor spaces, and fulfilling operational needs safely.

Among these projects, the City of Langley will upgrade and expand the W.C. Blair Recreation Centre to increase capacity and improve service. The project will double the fitness area, build a kitchenette, and install electrical and mechanical systems, as well as plumbing and flooring.

The Métis Provincial Council of B.C., located in Surrey, will carry out the “Mamawii” project to provide a culturally appropriate service centre and gathering place where Métis people can access community and cultural programs, seek employment and training, and apply for Métis citizenship. The project includes renovating 8,000 square feet of existing space, conducting electrical and mechanical work, installing signage, and other related works.

The Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia are investing over $13 million in the projects announced today (see backgrounder), through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program’s new COVID-19 Community Resilience stream. Canada is contributing over $8 million, and B.C. is contributing more than $ 5 million. Federal funding is conditional on fulfilling all requirements regarding consultations with Indigenous groups.