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Shuswap (Secwépemc) Healing Centre

Lead Architect, Douglas Cardinal

Douglas Cardinal (Architect)
Douglas Cardinal (Architect)

As Lead Architect, Douglas Cardinal will be responsible for the development and design of the new Shuswap Healing Centre. Following stakeholder engagement, Douglas will create the designs for the Shuswap Healing Centre that capture and embody the spirit and values of our community.

"The Vision is an organic process of fusing all thoughts and ideas shared, in an expression of common understanding. This is the true consensus; when everyone’s perspective is present in the formalization of the Vision itself."

-Douglas Cardinal

Project Overview

What is the Shuswap (Secwépemc) Healing Centre?

The Shuswap Healing Centre will be a facility that will house the Sicamous Community Health Centre (medical clinic), and provide space for other health and wellness service providers such as dentists, physiotherapists, optometrists or mental health support. The Shuswap Healing Centre seeks to be a place for all residents in our region to access patient-focused healthcare services from birth to end-of-life.

200 Main Street will be the home of the Shuswap (Secwépemc) Healing Centre

Council has confirmed 200 Main Street as the home of the Shuswap (Secwépemc) Healing Centre, keeping the project closer to the water which has historical and cultural significance to Splatsin who valued “Sek’maws (Sicamous) as an important fishing village. District Staff recently created a conceptual drawing of the building’s proposed positioning on the property which will not only maintain, but incorporate existing trees into the design and create an outdoor community gathering space on Main Street. 

The construction of this facility will inject investment in the downtown core by injecting capital and attracting ancillary investment opportunities for both the private and public sectors.

Design of the Shuswap (Secwépemc) Healing Centre

At the September 8, 2021 Regular Council Meeting, the design and preconstruction services of the Shuswap Healing Centre were awarded to Scotts Builder Inc., who will be working alongside health-care consultant Dr. Avein Saaty-Tafoya and Indigenous architect Douglas Cardinal to bring the Shuswap Healing Centre to life.

In September 2021, Dr. Saaty-Tafoya visited Sicamous to participate in round-table discussions with the District, Splatsin and community stakeholders to gain a better understanding of our community’s healthcare needs. Dr. Saaty-Tafoya is an advocate for patient-centered care and has extensive experience operating a Federally Regulated Community Health Center in the U.S.

The District welcomed the design team to Sicamous in October 2021 and Cardinal will begin the architectural process by guiding the District and Splatsin through design visioning sessions. The design will seek to be sustainable, reducing energy consumption in both the construction and operation of the facility.

An important consideration in the design of the Shuswap (Secwépemc) Healing Centre is Sicamous’ “Live More, Live Well Strategy" adopted by Council in 2018. 

Funding of the Shuswap (Secwépemc) Healing Centre

In 2020, the District of Sicamous was awarded $5.9 Million through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program under the Rural and Northern Communities Fund for the design and construction of the Shuswap Healing Centre.  This funding was awarded based on the commitment of the District to Truth and Reconciliation efforts; the Shuswap Healing Centre will seek to provide culturally appropriate services that respond to the 94 Calls to Action.

Sicamous Community Health Centre

In 2021, the District purchased the assets from retired physician Dr. Jack Beech in order to establish a Community Health Centre (CHC)and ensure residents could access medical care locally. The District assumed the administration and operation of the medical clinic, billing the Province for services provided. Initially an operational deficit is expected; however, with additional physicians the District is expecting a 100% cost recovery of the service within three to five years.

Anticipated Project Schedule

September to October 2021

Stakeholder Engagement

November 2021 to February 2022

Schematic Design

December 2021 to January 2022

Cost Budget Development 

January to March 2022

Design Development

March to June 2022

Contract Document Development

June 2022

Building Permit Submission


Project Contact

Evan Parliament, Town Manager 

District of Sicamous 

250-517-8049 |