For Immediate Release (January 28, 2016)
We are a collective of citizens in the province of British Columbia, in unceded Coast Salish Territories concerned about the provincial government’s commercial housing plans for the Riverview hospital lands.
Under the banner of ‘Protect Riverview’ we stand in solidarity with members of the community, mental health advocates and healers from all walks of life.
We stand united and opposed to plans that include market housing and for-profit commercial development. We believe the land should retain it’s initial purpose as a sanctuary for those with mental health challenges.
We envision a campus of care, of which many models around the world have been successful. We also see creative alternative and co-operative economic models as a way to provide social opportunities for community members who are easily excluded from mainstream economies. We believe in retro-fitting existing usable structures as a green approach to re-purposing buildings. We encourage those who share the same vision to unite with us.
Our first gathering with be at the City of Coquitlam, Spirit Square next to GlenPine Pavilion from Noon-2pm on January 31st. 2016. We invite others concerned about the future of Riverview to join the peaceful, family-friendly gathering in Spirit Square, See you there!
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