Reaching for the Sky: Youth Centres for Indigenous Communities

By Joan Boxall
Canadian Architect
May 27, 2024
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Dr. Nancy Mackin, principal architect of Mackin Architects recently-completed the Haisla Youth Centre. “The buildings speak about story,” says Dr. Nancy Mackin whose doctorate is in architecture, Indigenous design, and landscape ecology. …Since 2021 when the Tsawwassen First Nation (TFN) Youth Centre opened, Mackin has brought three more youth-centered projects to completion. And there’s more to come. …Like other Mackin Architects projects, the Haisla Youth Centre is designed for climate-and-climate-change disaster resilience. …Tla’amin Nation calls their fieldhouse/ youth centre on the Sunshine Coast “či čʊy ʔaye & ayiš ʔaye” which means “cousins’ house”. …The Nuxalk After School building is named ‘Asmayuusta’, which encapsulates Nuxalk ancestral wisdom including a learning style that integrates the ‘3L’s’ instead of the ‘3R’s’.

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