Chief Wayne Christian takes part in the welcoming song during the opening of the Splatsin Community Centre Saturday

Chief Wayne Christian takes part in the welcoming song during the opening of the Splatsin Community Centre Saturday

Unveiling of Splatsin community centre draws huge crowd

The building is based on the traditional Splatsin pit house

The Splatsin have celebrated a milestone in their community.

About 600 people attended the official opening of the First Nation’s new $15 million community centre Saturday.

“It’s awesome. It’s about bringing people together,” said Chief Wayne Christian.

“This place will be a gathering place for our people and the region.”

The building is based on the traditional Splatsin pit house and features a basketball court, a running track, and sliding doors to accommodate events such as indoor car and boat shows.It can accommodate 2,000 people.

The grand opening Saturday featured traditional ceremonies and entertainment.

Along with dignitaries, residents from throughout the North Okanagan-Shuswap attended.

“It’s so much more than a building. It’s an opportunity for band members and the community to come together and look at the future,” said Greg Kyllo, Shuswap MLA.

“There’s a lot of love in the room. It feels good to be here.”

Look for more in Wednesday’s Morning Star.