The Aboriginal Student Housing Building

New housing at the College of New Caledonia will provide homes for Aboriginal students that reflect cultural values and cultures.

The Aboriginal student housing building is a project that CNC has been developing for almost a decade and supports the Province’s commitment to adopt and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) calls to action.

The Province of BC is investing $2.6 million in the new student housing facility.

The project will include:

  • 12 furnished student rooms
  • a shared kitchen, living area, washrooms and laundry facilities
  • a suite for an Elder who will provide student support
  • a designated area for cultural practices, teachings and activities.

The 440-square metre (4,735 square feet) building is located in the Lheidli T’enneh’s homeland at CNC's Prince George campus.

The building for first-year Indigenous students is being built next to existing student housing, to ensure students can easily participate in campus life.

CNC worked with the Lheidli T’enneh and other Indigenous peoples ((I have a list of those who were consulted--I'll email to you) to ensure the housing is a welcoming and safe space for Indigenous students to attend and stay.

The building will be built to ensure it is energy efficient and supportive of the Province’s long-term climate strategy, the CleanBC plan. Occupancy is expected by spring 2020.

Quick Facts:

  • Approximately 20% of the student population at the College of New Caledonia is Indigenous, many from remote parts of Northern British Columbia.
  • The College of New Caledonia serves 21 First Nations communities.
  • Article 21 in UNDRIP underlines the rights of Indigenous peoples to improve economic and social conditions, including education, training, and housing. Additional TRC calls to action point to the need to bridge education and employment gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians.

Aboriginal Housing FAQ

  • Why did CNC see this project as necessary?

  • Which Aboriginal stakeholders were consulted in the creation of this project?

  • Can we highlight any architectural or design elements or project elements that will support student success?

  • Will the building accept families?

  • Many Indigenous students are parents. Why doesn’t the new housing building contain family units?

  • Will it be mixed gender?