A new pavilion designed to give Oneida Nation of the Thames residents a safe and accessible space has opened at the Oneida Community Centre.
The pavilion was constructed this month using a $150,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. It provides residents with improved access to a safe space within the community park outside of the community centre.
"Our community gatherings are an important part of our culture and having this pavilion provides us with a safe space for all to use," Chief Todd Cornelius said in a statement. "Providing programming that can use the pavilion is vital to the well-being of our families and we are very grateful to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for this funding."
In addition to the pavilion, new picnic tables were added to the area.
Those interested in using the space to host a meeting or event can make inquires through the Oneida Nation of the Thames' website www.oneida.on.ca.