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NWCC clarifies space usage plan for Waap Galts’ap (Community Longhouse)

 Press release

November 22, 2016

TERRACE, BC--Northwest Community College President Ken Burt announced today that based on ongoing feedback, Waap Galts’ap (Community Longhouse) will not be used as flex space to accommodate the upcoming trades building renovation.

“We are continuing to listen to feedback from staff, students and the community with respect to the usage of all buildings including Waap Galts’ap,” says NWCC President Ken Burt. “We want to assure community members that the gathering space in the main hall of the longhouse will remain available for cultural and student-centered programming during the renovation of the trades building and into the future.”

Office space will continue to be used for campus and administrative needs. The gathering space and kitchen areas will remain available for cultural, educational and institutional purposes only.

In addition, NWCC is undertaking policy development to clearly define what purposes Waap Galts’ap may be used for into the future. This policy will provide clear direction to staff and the greater community about how the space may be used for student-centered, cultural and educational purposes.

“We are in the business of educating students and supporting experiential place-based learning,” says Ken Burt. “I expect that this policy will ensure that the space is used for student-centred and cultural activities, affirming the original intent of Waap Galts’ap as a community space for students.”

On Friday, November 25, Northwest Community College is hosting a Community Collaboration regarding campus space utilization during construction and into the future. The renovation of the current trades and health building means that classrooms, gathering spaces, study spaces and workshops will need to move to accommodate construction activities. Some of those solutions will be short term, others more long term.

The workshop is open to participation from all community members and will provide an interactive opportunity for input on the best space utilization of all buildings during the construction and afterward. The Campus Space Community Collaboration session is scheduled for Friday, November 25 at 12:15 p.m. in Waap Haaw­k (Cafeteria) at the Terrace Campus.   

 

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Media contact:

Sarah Zimmerman
Director, Communications & Public Relations
E-mail: szimmerman@nwcc.bc.ca

Telephone: 250.638.5494 or cell: 250.631.7654

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