Robert Barron Citizen
The Quw’utsun’ Cultural and Conference Centre will close its doors for the last time at the end of May.
Lori Kinnaird, the centre’s conference and event co-ordinator, said she was just recently informed of the decision by Cowichan Tribes, which owns the facility and the six-acre property.
She said the facility, which opened in 1990, is in need of some major repairs, but “doesn’t make much money.”
“I’m pretty disappointed,” Kinnaird said.
“There will be no place around here anymore where First Nations can gather, watch movies and other activities.”
The property, located next to the Cowichan River, consists of a number of facilities, including Comeakin Hall, the RiverWalk Cafe Patio and a courtyard.
In 1986, Cowichan Tribes outbid 20 other organizations for the property and bought it from Expo ‘86.
Kinnaird said she doesn’t know what plans, if any, Cowichan Tribes have for the future use of the property. It sits adjacent to the Tribes-owned Chances Casino and the former Vancouver Island University property.
Cowichan Tribes Chief William Seymour was not available for comment.