Gwayasdums Bighouse Restoration Project

Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation

Sources of Funding
ICET:$120,000
CST:$120,000
In Kind Contribution:$40,000
KHFN:$10,000
Total Budget: $290,000
Quick Facts: 
The Bighouse is one element in a broader 'Come Back Home' initiative intended to create jobs and bring members back to their traditional territory. 
 

The Kwikwasutinuxw Haxwamis First Nations community of Gwa-yas-dums is one of the few communities built on the original village site where people have lived for thousands of years. Due to a lack of jobs, many have moved away from the community to find work and support their families. People expressed to their leadership that they would rather live in Gwa-yas-dums and would return if there were opportunities for them. The Kwikwasutinuxw Haxwamis First Nation developed the Come Back Home Initiative, and embarked on an award-winning five-year plan to create a tourism based economy centred on their unique cultural heritage.

The Gwayasdums Bighouse Restoration Project involved renovating the communitys central cultural gathering place, the Bighouse. To restore the ancient structure, the existing beams were reinforced, the floor lowered and refinished, and the original cedar siding repaired and reapplied. To honor the heritage of the village, the traditional design originally on the front of the house was repainted based on images of the building found in archival photographs.

Completed in June 2014, the Bighouse is perfectly situated to capture the attention of passing boaters and provides a welcoming stopping point for tour operators and curious visitors. The community will also be developing experiential tourism products to enable visitors to experience First Nations culture, food and heritage first hand. The rebuilding of the Bighouse along with the other tourism initiatives in the community plan are contributing to the revitalization of this renewed community.

ICET By The Numbers

2,500
person years employment created (construction phase)

ICET By The Numbers

50
locally elected officials and MLAs working together

ICET By The Numbers

$10.4
million annual provincial government revenue generated

ICET By The Numbers

3,650
post completion jobs created

ICET By The Numbers

$4.6
dollars leveraged for every ICET dollar invested

ICET By The Numbers

$236
million leveraged into the region

ICET By The Numbers

$50.5
million disbursed

ICET By The Numbers

$52.1
million committed

ICET By The Numbers

212
economic development projects

ICET By The Numbers

170
projects completed

ICET By The Numbers

36%
projects in small (less than 5,000) communities

ICET By The Numbers

50+
communities with ICET projects

2019-2020 ANNUAL REPORT

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