Indigenous community members celebrate construction of House of Healing longhouse

Indigenous leaders, students and faculty gathered on the site of the to-be-built House of Healing longhouse on Thursday, April 11 for a blessing and ground-turning ceremony. 

The first longhouse in the City of Bellingham, the event was a long time coming for many in attendance. It was the result of a 2016 letter penned by three Indigenous students to Western’s leadership asking for more support. One of the five requests was for a longhouse on campus.