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Squamish Nation and SSCS host Buckley Avenue affordable housing site ceremony (Photo Gallery)

A blessing from the Squamish Nation marked a big milestone in the latest effort of the District to increase the amount of affordable housing in Squamish.

The town's latest high-profile affordable housing development has received the blessing of the Squamish Nation and municipal and provincial officials.

On Feb. 26, the Nation presided over a ceremony to honour the creation of the 76-unit residential project, which also expected to house a new youth hub, Foundry.

MP Patrick Weiler, MLA Jordan Sturdy, Mayor Karen Elliott and provincial Attorney General David Eby did not attend in person, citing pandemic restrictions, but audio of their commendations was played during the event.

Jaye Russell of Sea to Sky Community Services and Squamish Nation Coun. Joyce Williams gave opening and closing announcements during the ceremony.

Williams acknowledged all the partnerships that it took to make the project happen.

"So much needed services especially for our youth," she said.

"As a lot of our people say, it takes a village to raise a child and I'm so glad there's going ot be some implemented supports to help our youth and some of the affordable housing units are something that's much needed in our community."