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Shuswap Healing Centre FAQ

Frequently Asked questions regarding the Shuswap (Secwépemc) Healing Centre Project. 

1: WHAT IS THE SHUSWAP HEALING CENTRE?

The Shuswap Healing Centre is a facility for the community to access physical, mental, and other health services. Here, the Sicamous Community Health Centre (formerly the Sicamous Medical Clinic) and other allied health professionals will be housed within one building. Working in collaboration with Splatsin, physical, mental and health supports will be available to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous citizens within the region. The goal of this project is to build upon what already exists within the community to offer a greater spectrum of health and wellness services that are accessible and inclusive.

2: WHAT HEALTH SERVICES WILL BE PROVIDED?

Primary patient care will be provided by family physicians and additional health and wellness services will be offered by allied health professionals based on community need. A Health Needs Assessment (HNA) is being conducted by health-care consultant Dr. Avein Saaty-Tafoya who has met with health-care practitioners, community group representatives, the Interagency Committee and representatives from Splatsin. Findings from community engagement undertaken by the Community Wellness Committee in 2019, will also be considered in determining service needs in Sicamous. In addition, consultation with Interior Health will help the District identify how it can support service gaps.

3: HOW IS THE SHUSWAP HEALING CENTRE BEING FUNDED?

In July of 2020, the District of Sicamous received $5.9 Million in funding through the Rural and Northern Communities (RNC) Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Plan. An Expression of Interest (EOI) for the design and pre-construction of the project was released in April of 2021. Council awarded the contract to Scott Builders Inc on September 8, 2021 at its Regular Council Meeting. The contract with Scott Builders is based on the $5.9 Million grant that is jointly funded by the provincial and federal governments. The building will generate income from space rentals to health and wellness service providers. A reserve will be established for the future replacement cost of the building and a portion of the rent will be set aside in the reserve. Additional funding may be pursued by the District if deemed necessary.

View Scott Builders' EOI submission

4. WHY WAS THE LOCATION OF THE SHUSWAP HEALING CENTRE CHANGED FROM 417 AND 425 MAIN STREET TO 200 MAIN STREET?

The location indicated on the 2018 RNC grant submission is 200 Main Street. At the time of the submission the District identified two additional parcels on Main Street as alternative sites, but they had not been purchased at the time of the grant submission. Both sites require nominal services and were attractive due to their accessible locations. Following the grant submission, the District acquired 417 and 425 Main Street to support Eagle Valley Senior Citizens Housing Society with its affordable housing development and the primary location for the Shuswap Healing Centre became the northern portion of 417 and 425 Main. In August, Habitat for Humanity Kamloops approached the District with a residential-commercial project that would provide Sicamous with much-needed housing stock. Council carefully considered both the Shuswap Healing Centre and the housing project in conjunction with the District’s land holdings, factoring the best use for each location. It was determined that housing with housing will create opportunities for shared parking and greenspace. Locating the Shuswap Healing Centre at 200 Main Street will allow for the District to preserve greenspace in our downtown core as part of the site design.

5: IS 200 MAIN STREET DESIGNATED PARK SPACE?

200 Main Street property is not a dedicated park. The District acquired the 1.5-acre parcel in 2015 and it is currently a vacant lot zoned as Commercial Town Centre. In the October 5, 2015 News Release concerning the purchase of the property, it states that the acquisition of the parcel was for “strategic opportunities related to long-term objectives for community planning.” Designated parks within the municipality are found within the Parks Regulation Bylaw No. 393, 2000. The design of the Shuswap Healing Centre will include greenspace that caters to the needs the public.

6: IS THE SHUSWAP HEALING CENTRE A REHAB OR ADDICTIONS FACILITY?

No. The Shuswap Healing Centre will not be an addictions or rehab centre. However, patients facing addiction issues will be able to access physician care and referrals for additional support as they do now. Residential treatment for addictions is primarily provided by private facilities in the region. The Shuswap Healing Centre will not be providing residential addiction treatment.

Further, there will be no overnight stays of any kind for patients at the Shuswap Healing Centre. The term "Health Stay Suites" is in reference to accommodations for allied health professionals. Provision of Health Stay Suites will reduce the cost of providing accommodations to travelling medical professionals, that would otherwise be borne by the District. These suites, may, however, be used for patients for day use only if the health care provider deems it necessary. 

7: WHY DID THE DISTRICT PURSUE THE SHUSWAP HEALING CENTRE PROJECT?

In 2018, the District received funding from the Plan H Grant (BC Healthy Communities) to develop a community wellness plan and in 2019, a Community Wellness Committee (CWC)—comprised of eight community group representatives—was formed and conducted numerous engagement events and workshops . The resulting “Live More Live Well Strategy” was created to “consider the critical and interconnected role our Social, Economic, Natural and Built environments” and “foster a strong and healthy community where all individuals can reach their full potential.” The project supports guiding principles for community growth and priorities included in the Official Community Plan including: Town Centre Revitalization, Encourage and Enhance Community Beautification, Encourage, Enhance and Develop Community Connectivity, Encourage Age Diversity, Expand and Improve Municipal Infrastructure, Enhance and Preserve the Natural Environment, Promote Commercial and Marine Development, Encourage Economic Development and Diversify the Economy, Encourage and Support Attainable Housing.

8. WHAT IS THE INVOLVEMENT OF SPLATSIN IN THE SHUSWAP HEALING CENTRE PROJECT?

In 2018, the District of Sicamous applied to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program - Rural and Northern Communities Program for the Shuswap Healing Centre in partnership and collaboration with Splatsin to provide regional health and wellness services based on inclusivity and accessibility. The project fulfills a core outcome of the RNC Program: “Improved education and/or health facilities (specific to Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action) as well as additional outcomes, including Community, Culture and Recreation Outcomes and Green Infrastructure. The Shuswap Healing Centre will be owned by Sicamous taxpayers and operated by the District of Sicamous in conjunction with our partner— Splatsin. The Shuswap Healing Centre addresses Calls to Action 21, 22 and 23 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action. The project also supports the Protocol Agreement signed with Splatsin which represents our joint commitment to future cooperation and support on projects with mutual objectives for the betterment of our communities.

District of Sicamous Actions towards Truth and Reconciliation:

  • 2014: The Splatsin and District signed a Protocol Agreement to foster a government-to-government relationship and communicate and cooperate with one another “based on the fundamental underlying principles of trust, honesty and mutual respect.”
  • 2018: Signing of the Communications Agreement between the Shuswap Local and Secwépemc governments to establish long-term cooperative government-to-government relationships and open communication.
  • 2019: The Splatsin, City of Enderby and District of Sicamous signed the Friendship Accord further bonding government-to-government relations as three communities, one heart.

9: WILL THERE BE FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PUBLIC CONSULTATION?

Yes. The District is committed to creating an open dialogue with the public and will provide future consultation opportunities for the building and greenspace design of the Shuswap Healing Centre.