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The Lone Survivor

1970 was the final year the Mission operated as a residential school.  In 1973, the BC Government leased the Mission Building with the intent of turning it into a facility for psychiatric care.  The building was stripped of its historic fixtures and artifacts, and after spending $750,000 on renovations, the project was abandoned.  The following winter the pipes burst, and the building suffered severe damage from internal flooding.  The Mission remained empty for the next 20 years, and the property suffered severe vandalism throughout this period.

Today the Mission is a historical landmark, and a little known fact is that one, and only one original window has survived throughout the past century. Pictured here is the Chief David Room, (originally the Chapel) and the round window at the top of the peak is the lone survivor.