Tsow-Tun Le Lum Helping House

The Tsow-Tun Le Lum Society is a non-profit society supported by and serving the Kwakwaka’wakw, Nuu-chah-nulth and Coast Salish Peoples of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The Tsow-Tun Le Lum Society provides culturally-based programs to address the existing and growing issues within these communities, such as substance abuse and addiction, as well as the trauma experienced by survivors of oppression and residential schools. This holistic facility offers a safe space for participants to explore happier and healthier lifestyles while embracing their individual story and identity.

Currently operating a residential treatment centre with a capacity for 30 people, Tsow-Tun Le Lum recognizes the high demand for its services and programs; therefore, the society is seeking a new home to better serve its residents. As structural, mechanical and electrical consultants on this new construction project, Williams Engineering (WE) is currently working alongside RBM Architecture to provide the design and working drawings for the new treatment facility. The structural design of the building includes grade beams, retaining walls, roof framing, floors and walls. Utilizing rehabilitation informed design, WE’s mechanical team will provide designs for plumbing systems and heating and ventilation systems. Detailed design of a full fire suppression system will also be provided, including detailed sprinkler hydraulic design for the facility’s Building Permit submission and construction. Working drawings for power, communications, lighting and life safety systems will be provided by WE’s electrical team in coordination with BC Hydro, Telus and Shaw for site service connections. Rough-in design for vehicle charging stations and security, telephone, television and data systems will also be provided.

This new facility will provide an opportunity for Indigenous Peoples to live their lives in balance, embracing their cultural background and strengthening their connections to their nation.   With high hopes for the future, the Tsow-Tun Le Lum Helping House will lead wellness movements and embrace challenges while also taking part in creating sustainable outcomes for future generations.