Ahousaht First Nation receives $8.3M for construction of new Big House

The western Vancouver Island community of Ahousaht is shown in this undated file photo.

There was some big news to celebrate in Ahousaht this week as the Vancouver Island First Nation received funding for a new Big House.

A ceremony was held in the community Wednesday afternoon to announce the $8.3-million project that will be funded through the federal government’s Cultural Spaces in Indigenous Communities program.

The First Nation had submitted an application for a Big House — a cultural space used for governance and ceremonies — and recently learned they were successful.

There’s no word yet on when construction will begin.


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