Grand opening for shopping centre

Westbank First Nation and Anthem Properties Group Ltd. celebates the opening for Phase 1 of the Snyatan Shopping Centre.

Westbank First Nation and Anthem Properties Group Ltd. will celebate the formal opening for Phase 1 of the Snyatan Shopping Centre on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

Snyatan, which means gathering place in the Sylix language, is located at Butt Road and Highway 97, a 93,000 square-foot retail centre that includes Winners, Future Shop, Dollar Tree, Bulk Barn, Second Cup and Peace Hills Trust.

At the ceremony to mark the occasion, starting at 5:30 p.m., an original work of art by Virgil “Smoker” Marchand, a renowned sculptor and a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian Reservation, will also be unveiled.

Marchand’s sculpture for Snyatan is a 13- foot high representation of a horse and rider at ease. The rider holds a shield that identifies him as a member of Westbank First Nation.

Eric Carlson, CEO of Anthem Properties, said his company is excited to partner with WFN on this project.

“We are really pleased with the end product…This is the third retail project on WFN lands that we have developed and look forward to many years of continued good business in the area.”