The Ditidaht Community School is more than a K-10 school for the students of the small community of Ditidaht on the remote shores of Nitinaht Lake, it is a community centre, a place for community gatherings, community sports events, and community dinners, a place of learning for the entire community, and a place where the Ditidaht language has been revived.
The school was conceived with community elders and students as a place of gathering and as a welcoming, warm and inspiring building. Construction was achieved through a construction management framework that ensured that construction materials would come from the band’s milling operation and that the majority of labour would come from the community.
The school has become the hub of the community with children begging to be let into the building early in the morning and staying late into the evening. The building has become the depository of lost artifacts now repatriated in Ditidaht.