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Salishan Place Sponsorship Opportunities

Salishan Place by the River Update: 

August 6, 2021

Construction for the Township’s new arts, culture, and heritage centre in Fort Langley is underway. During the months of April, May, June, and July, site preparation work took place for the development of Salishan Place by the River. Specifically, existing homes on the site were deconstructed and their materials were recycled, archaeological investigation and monitoring was conducted, the building’s footprint was surveyed and marked, the existing vegetation was cleared, and excavations began for the building’s footings and parkade. Three trees that were within the footprint of the new building were cut down. Their logs have been retained for local Indigenous carvers to turn into house posts; these posts will be displayed at the new centre. A section of a fourth tree will be used by a local carpenter to build furniture for Salishan Place.

Prior to the start of construction, ACCI staff gathered on site with representatives from the land-based q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), q̓ʷɑ:n̓ƛ̓ən̓ (Kwantlen), Máthekwi (Matsqui), and se’mya’me (Semiahmoo) First Nations communities on whose traditional territories the Township was established in 1873. Together we shared songs, prayers, and words to acknowledge and prepare the land, the ancestors, and ourselves for the upcoming construction-related changes. A video of this gathering is currently in production.

This summer, the ACCI team will be working closely with our community partners and supporters to vision the interior and exterior spaces at Salishan Place. Discussions will include exhibit and program themes and topics, gallery and classroom layouts, and technological applications to enhance visitor/learner experiences. Stay tuned to as we move forward with this exciting project!


Heritage Society Sponsors Salishan Place Classrooms

July 7, 2021

The Langley Heritage Society is sponsoring the classroom spaces at Salishan Place by the River, the new arts, culture and heritage centre under construction in Fort Langley. This sponsorship will benefit students of all ages using the new facility when it opens in 2023.

Proceeds of the $60,000 gift will help equip and furnish the classrooms, making them dynamic and creative learning environments for children. Langley Centennial Museum’s School programs reach approximately 30,000 students annually. Salishan Place by the River, with the help of the Langley Heritage Society will work to increase that number significantly.

The Langley Heritage Society has been a committed partner of heritage programming throughout the Township of Langley for many years now. The Society funds nine inner city schools, annually providing the resources to cover transportation and programming costs at the museum. This funding assists about 2,500 students each year who would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend.

“We are committed to connecting the youth of our community to Langley’s rich and diverse history. The sponsorship of the classrooms at the new centre will help children become engaged citizens supporting museums, cultural institutions, and community heritage in the future,” said Langley Heritage Society president Fred Pepin.

“This generous sponsorship from the Langley Heritage Society will benefit our community for years to come. These classrooms will provide valuable spaces for sharing learning and understanding of our comprehensive community history,” said Township of Langley Mayor Jack Froese.

Salishan Place by the River will feature two museums, a library, a presentation theatre, an art studio, an archive and conference amenities wrapped up in a community arts, culture and heritage centre. Built to Class “A” museum standards, the facility will host permanent and temporary in-house exhibitions, and borrowed displays from across North America

Several community partners including, the Heritage Society, the four lands based First Nations in the Township of Langley (the Katzie, the Kwantlen, the Matsqui and the Semiahmoo) and others will be in discussions with staff on future programs and exhibitions at Salishan Place by the River.

President Fred Pepin and Members of the Langley Heritage Society present cheque to Township of Langley Mayor Jack Froese

Photo cutline: President Fred Pepin and Members of the Langley Heritage Society present cheque to Township of Langley Mayor Jack Froese

Media inquiries on this or other Township of Langley topics can be submitted at:

Sponsorship inquiries can be submitted at:

Township of Langley
20338 - 65 Avenue
Langley, British Columbia
V2Y 3J1 Canada



Sponsorship Opportunities - Salishan Place by the River

March 12, 2021

The Corporation of the Township of Langley is seeking responses to an Invitation for Sponsorship Opportunities from parties interested in becoming sponsors of Salishan Place by the River - A Unique Arts, Culture and Heritage Centre in Fort Langley. 

All interested parties are invited to submit a response. The responses sought at this time may include but are not limited to the following:

- Name branding opportunities; 

- Partnership proposals that will help complete the spaces within Salishan Place and allow it to begin operations in early 2023;

- Other opportunities that would provide benefits to a Sponsor, the Township and users of Salishan Place. 

The Township would like to receive Proposals by 4:00pm (local time) on April 19, 2021 (the "Invitation Date"). The Township will not select any Sponsor(s) before the Invitation Date, but may consider, and accept, Proposal(s) at any time after the Invitation Date. 



Provincial Funding for Destination Tourism Infrastructure

February 26, 2021

Langley, BC – On February 25, 2021, the BC Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport announced that the Township of Langley will receive $711,354 in Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program (CERIP) funding for its new arts, culture, and heritage facility, Salishan Place by the River. This facility is being developed in Fort Langley, in partnership with Kwantlen First Nation, and in collaboration with Katzie, Matsqui, and Semiahmoo First Nations, on whose traditional territories the Township was established, the Waceya Métis Society, and the Lower Fraser Valley Aboriginal Society. Representatives from these communities and organizations are currently visioning exhibitions and programs for the community and Indigenous galleries at Salishan.

This funding, awarded under the Destination Development stream of CERIP, supports economic resilience, tourism, heritage, and urban and rural economic development projects in communities impacted by COVID-19. Fort Langley has been greatly affected by the pandemic, resulting in the reduction, cancellation, and/or postponement of many events and festivals, and reduced operational capacities of many local businesses.

Destination Development funds will assist in outfitting the third floor convention centre amenities at Salishan, including a 167-seat theatre, a reception/banquet hall with commercial kitchen, and a rooftop outdoor gathering space. These enhancements will encourage year round activities, such as festivals, arts and craft fairs, music and theatre performances, and lectures, drawing people to the community and allowing Fort Langley to rebound.

The Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport is distributing $20 Million in infrastructure funding to 54 tourism related projects in BC. To learn more, visit


Salishan Third Floor Amenities

Photo cutline: Proposed third floor renderings for Salishan Place by the River.

Media inquiries on this or other Township of Langley topics can be submitted at:

Township of Langley
20338 - 65 Avenue
Langley, British Columbia
V2Y 3J1 Canada




$3 Million For New Museum and Cultural Complex in Fort Langley

The Township of Langley is very pleased to receive $3 million from the Government of Canada in support of a new 36,000-square-foot cultural centre and museum complex in Fort Langley. View the floor plans here.

New Museum Rendering

New Museum and Cultural Complex

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Salishan Place, will feature Indigenous and community galleries, program spaces, community archives, a reception hall, a 167-seat theatre, and the Fort Langley Community Library.

The new complex is being developed in collaboration with Katzie, Kwantlen, Matsqui, and Semiahmoo First Nations. Get the details at

Click here to make a donation to Salishan Place. Your donation will make a lasting impact on arts and culture initiatives within the Township of Langley. All donations of $25 or more will receive a tax receipt. 

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