Nanaimo - Te’tuxwtun

Project Overview

Snuneymuxw First Nation, BC Housing, City of Nanaimo and Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools – collectively known as the Knowledge Partners – have joined in partnership to realize the comprehensive land use planning and development of the properties at 564 Fifth Street, 502 & 505 Howard Avenue.

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Date of Completion

About the Project

The purpose of the Te’tuxwtun Project is for the Knowledge Partners to explore opportunities for joint development and partnership in coordination with each other on all three properties. It is the Partners’ intention to enhance the community through housing, services, and amenities; the Te’tuxwtun Project, built on the teachings of the land, is envisioned to provide the foundation to both protect and improve the quality of life for all present and future community members.

Priorities for the project include:

  • new affordable rental housing;
  • a new location for the Learning Alternatives school district program;
  • the integration of culture, parks and recreation services; and
  • the incorporation of other community services identified through the planning process such as health services and child care.

Snuneymuxw First Nation will guide the growth and development of the three properties – bringing a wealth of cultural knowledge to the project. The Te’tuxwtun Knowledge Partners will work collaboratively to create a relationship-based community, inspiring a way of living that will reveal the interconnectedness and importance of the sacred mountain scape and the glorious seaway.

Process & Partners

A feasibility analysis study will be conducted in 2020 to identify potential redevelopment opportunities. Part of this research will include some work activities taking place on site. Please send any questions or comments to

Members of the community will be invited to a public information session in the coming months, and will be provided with opportunities to give feedback on the project throughout the development process.

“The Memorandum of Understanding(Mou) sets out the terms and understanding between Snuneymuxw First Nation, Nanaimo School District No. 68, the City of Nanaimo, and BC Housing – collectively known as the Knowledge Partners – for the Te’tuxwtun Project.”


City of NanaimoNanaimo School District No. 68 and Snuneymuxw First Nation