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Learn about the City's plans to build two carving centres to provide unique, accessible venues to support Indigenous cultural practices.

The City has plans to build two new Indigenous carving centres, one in South Surrey and one in North Surrey. These carving centres will support the City’s reconciliation efforts, provide new artist opportunities and support the transmission of cultural knowledge and practices.

The carving centres are one of several capital projects approved by City Council in the 2021 budget, with additional funding support from the Government of Canada, Heritage BC and Friends of the Surrey Museum and Archives Society. For more information, see the Capital Projects page.


South Surrey Indigenous Carving Centre

The South Surrey Indigenous Carving Centre will be built within Elgin Heritage Park (13723 Crescent Road). The venue will address the need for Indigenous programming and provide a dedicated venue to support carving practices.

Project Updates

The development of these venues originates from ongoing dialogue and consultation with Semiahmoo, Kwantlen and Katzie First Nations. A Ground Blessing Ceremony on October 2, 2021, attended by Mayor and Council.

Council approved the award of contract for construction services to Fricia Construction Ltd. on February 14, 2022 (R033; 2022). Construction began on June 20, 2022 and is expected to be substantially complete by end of year 2022, with full operations to commence in 2023.

North Surrey Indigenous Carving Centre

The second venue will be in North Surrey, and is expected to be larger than the first, incorporating additional learning and gathering spaces. Consultation and facility development is still underway, with construction expected to begin in late 2023 and be complete in 2024.

Project Updates

Consultation, feasibility, and site analysis is currently underway. A construction timeline has not been determined.

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This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.

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We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.