On May 11, 2012, the University of the Fraser Valley celebrated the opening of a new building at the Canada Education Park in Chilliwack.
The new building includes space for an Aboriginal Centre and a Gathering Place modeled after a Sto:lo longhouse. The entire wing housing these facilities was developed in consultation with the Aboriginal community.
The gathering place brings a modern touch to a traditional communal long-house design, with a sunken floor surrounded by layered bench seating, and a warm setting featuring B.C. wood. It is configured for traditional-style presentations and can hold approximately 200 people. The recessed floor resonates with a connection to mother earth.
The Gathering Place was built with special funding from the provincial government.