On Monday, April 17, 2023, The Oomiiqsu (Aboriginal Mother Centre) grounds were cleansed before any work begins on the property.
In attendance was Tseshaht Chief Councillor, Ken Watts, Hupačasatḥ Chief Councillor, Brandy Launder, Huu-ay-aht Ḥaw̓iiḥ Councillor, Jeff Cook, Huu-ay-aht Executive Councillor, Edward R. Johnson, Huu-ay-aht Child and Family Wellness Director, Shannon Zimmerman.
Together, they sent prayers up to the ancestors as they spread eagles down over the property where the Oomiiqsu will be located. In first nation culture, doing this ceremony cleanses the land before important business happens.
Site prep work started following the ceremony, and the ground breaking is expected to happen in May 2023.
- In accordance with the Social Service Panel Report (2017) see recommendations 26 (work to establish a center modelled on the Vancouver Aboriginal Mothers Center): Social Service Panel Report
- In accordance with the Social Service Evaluation (2020) areas of focus – Huu-ay-aht to secure operational funding for the Oomiiqsu Mother Centre. Refer to: Social Service Evaculation Report
- Huu-ay-aht has secured a location, and funding to build and cover initial operating costs of the Oomiiqsu in partnership with the Province. Refer to: