Much of the attention and generosity, organizers believe, is due to the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation’s announcement of the recent discovery of the remains of children buried outside the Kamloops Indian Residential School.
The funds will be used to build a new friendship center where the company can continue to offer its services as well as expand and develop new programs, according to CEO Vicki Michaud.
She says their current building in the south of town is in terrible shape.
People donate so much money, and it happens every 10 minutes.
If the company is successful in securing the funding, it will build up to five floors of affordable housing that will be made accessible to seniors, single mothers and Indigenous families.
Michaud says the center has been inundated with emails and phone calls offering help since the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation announced the find.
It’s amazing the way people try to support our friendship center and support each other. In return, we will provide support to all of our people who need it. , she assures.
According to Michaud, some of the elders and staff at the center are residential school survivors.
We are here to support anyone who needs help, she adds.
The KAFSKamloops Native Friendship Society provides a range of services to the urban Aboriginal community, including support for early childhood, mental health, elder welfare and addiction.
While the goal of the online fundraiser is set at $ 500,000, the center will need an additional $ 2 million to move forward with construction. The company is also applying for funding through various organizations, including the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and BC Housing.
The company hopes the project will be completed in 2023.