Let's Talk Te’tuxwtun

Aerial map view of Tetuxwtun development area in Nanaimo.

Project Overview

Te’tuxwtun (pronounced Tey-tux-tun) is a land and community enhancement project developing 5.8 acres from three existing properties into housing, services, open space and amenities. The project is a joint partnership between Snuneymuxw First Nation, BC Housing, the City of Nanaimo, and Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools (known as the Knowledge Partners).

Named Te’tuxwtun, after the traditional name of Mount Benson, the transformation of the collectively owned properties in the Fifth Street Corridor (564 Fifth Street, 502 & 505 Howard Avenue, Nanaimo, BC) is more than a development project.

Te’tuxwtun aims to understand, respect, and realize the fullest potential of the land; foster community; and satisfy the immediate and essential need for housing, recreation and accessible services. The four Knowledge Partners are working together and listening to community needs to create a development to benefit all now and in the future.


Community Engagement

Community input is crucial for the successful development of a comprehensive site plan for Te’tuxwtun. All those living in the Nanaimo area were welcomed to participate in Phase I of planning for the Te’tuxwtun Project between January 3 and February 4, 2022.

Phase I Engagement included a survey, online and in-person Community Circle Conversations with community members and organizations, and dialogue with tenants of Sanala, the BC Housing development situated on Te’tuxwtun lands.

There were a number of themes that emerged from the stories we heard. Here are a few highlights:

  • The main priority shared was the need for affordable housing specifically geared towards family, seniors and people with diverse abilities
  • Top priorities for services and amenities included a medical clinic, indoor and outdoor community gathering places, a daycare, and community social services
  • Many people see this as a place for people of all generations, cultures, and abilities to come together and connect, relax, play, celebrate, share wisdom and learn new skills
  • There is a desire for this land to be connected to surrounding amenities, pathways, and outdoor space
  • Safety from crime, vandalism and traffic are important considerations
  • Services should serve those living on the land and be accessible to those most in need

To read a summary or the full report of Phase I Engagement, please go to the navigation bar on the top right and click on the report you are interested in.

The information you provided is now being considered alongside other studies to create a design concept for the site. Opportunities to learn about the design will be posted here in the fall.

Thank you for taking the time to share your vision with us. If you have further comments or questions, please enter them into the Q&A below or send an email to communityrelations@bchousing.org. We look forward to your continued participation in this journey.

Project Overview

Te’tuxwtun (pronounced Tey-tux-tun) is a land and community enhancement project developing 5.8 acres from three existing properties into housing, services, open space and amenities. The project is a joint partnership between Snuneymuxw First Nation, BC Housing, the City of Nanaimo, and Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools (known as the Knowledge Partners).

Named Te’tuxwtun, after the traditional name of Mount Benson, the transformation of the collectively owned properties in the Fifth Street Corridor (564 Fifth Street, 502 & 505 Howard Avenue, Nanaimo, BC) is more than a development project.

Te’tuxwtun aims to understand, respect, and realize the fullest potential of the land; foster community; and satisfy the immediate and essential need for housing, recreation and accessible services. The four Knowledge Partners are working together and listening to community needs to create a development to benefit all now and in the future.


Community Engagement

Community input is crucial for the successful development of a comprehensive site plan for Te’tuxwtun. All those living in the Nanaimo area were welcomed to participate in Phase I of planning for the Te’tuxwtun Project between January 3 and February 4, 2022.

Phase I Engagement included a survey, online and in-person Community Circle Conversations with community members and organizations, and dialogue with tenants of Sanala, the BC Housing development situated on Te’tuxwtun lands.

There were a number of themes that emerged from the stories we heard. Here are a few highlights:

  • The main priority shared was the need for affordable housing specifically geared towards family, seniors and people with diverse abilities
  • Top priorities for services and amenities included a medical clinic, indoor and outdoor community gathering places, a daycare, and community social services
  • Many people see this as a place for people of all generations, cultures, and abilities to come together and connect, relax, play, celebrate, share wisdom and learn new skills
  • There is a desire for this land to be connected to surrounding amenities, pathways, and outdoor space
  • Safety from crime, vandalism and traffic are important considerations
  • Services should serve those living on the land and be accessible to those most in need

To read a summary or the full report of Phase I Engagement, please go to the navigation bar on the top right and click on the report you are interested in.

The information you provided is now being considered alongside other studies to create a design concept for the site. Opportunities to learn about the design will be posted here in the fall.

Thank you for taking the time to share your vision with us. If you have further comments or questions, please enter them into the Q&A below or send an email to communityrelations@bchousing.org. We look forward to your continued participation in this journey.

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