Today, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, announced a federal investment of more than $3.4 million in a new community hall for the Tseshaht First Nation, who is investing over $1.1 million in this project.
This funding will support the construction of an approximately 7,000 square foot building to replace the community hall-a pillar of the Tseshaht community-which was demolished in 2019 after being deemed unsafe for use. The new Somass Hall will include commercial kitchen facilities, breakout and storage rooms, washrooms, modern HVAC and electrical systems, a parking lot, and landscaping around the site. Once complete, the hall will be a cornerstone of the growing community, giving residents a space for gathering, learning, and recreation. The new building will provide cultural opportunities for all Nuu-chah-nulth peoples and much-needed programming for the youth, elders, children, and families of the Tseshaht First Nation.