A Blessing held, and excavation begins, at the new St. Paul’s HospitalPosted On: Thursday September 9, 2021
After a summer of drilling and installing almost 800 secant piles to form the perimeter of the new St. Paul’s Hospital at 1002 Station Street, the teams are nearing completion and excavation begins in earnest this fall until early 2022. It’s estimated approximately 300,000 cubic metres of fill will be removed from site, an amount equal to 120 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
The False Creek Flats were filled in with debris, garbage and soil in the early 1900s. All of that “fill” needs to be safely removed so the hospital can be built on the glacial till to ensure seismic stability and durability for the lifespan of the hospital.
Construction is on schedule. While the bulk excavation is underway, PCL Construction will also begin civil works, including the upgrading of existing and new roads, sewer and water lines on site.
A Ceremonial Blessing for the new St. Paul’s Hospital and Indigenous Wellness and Welcoming Centre
Sulksun Shane Pointe (above) was the Speaker and Knowledge Keeper for the ceremonial Blessing, held on the unceded homelands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Peoples, earlier this summer. The Blessing was part of Providence Health Care’s commitment to honour the protocols, rights, and title of the sovereign host Nations.
Sulksun, speaking to a small group of dignitaries from the host Nations, provincial government, the First Nations Health Council and First Nations Health Authority, Providence Health Care and St. Paul’s Foundation, shared that his great grandfather told him that the Station Street site was once tidal flats on the shores of False Creek, and a rich source of food, safety and sustenance for the Peoples of the host Nations. Read more about how Sulksun believes this site will come full circle back to a place of healing, here.
Left Picture: from left to right: Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport Melanie Mark; Harmony Johnson VP, Indigenous Wellness and Reconciliation; Dr. Nel Wieman, Senior Medical Officer, FNHA; Kim Brooks, VP, Regional Operations, FNHA; Lindsay Farrell, Director, Indigenous Wellness, Reconciliation and Partnerships; Tsleil- Waututh Chief Jen Thomas and Charlene Aleck, elected Councillor for Tsleil-Waututh Nation. Right picture: Harmony Johnson VP, Indigenous Wellness and Reconciliation; Minister of Health, Adrian Dix