06/21/2013 10:39 EDT | Updated 08/21/2013 05:12 EDT

Plans for Vancouver Native Youth Centre in limbo

A First Nations advocate says a new state-of-the-art Native Youth centre is badly needed in Vancouver, but despite promises from government, construction has yet to begin.

"Our people are over-represented in housing and homelessness in Vancouver so it'll be a good integration, a continuum of services,” said Lynda Gray, Executive Director of Urban Native Youth Association.

For more than a decade, there have been plans to build $20 million centre offering youth support programs, training, childcare and housing on an empty lot on the southwest corner of Hastings Street and Commercial Drive.

But despite verbal commitments from a Senate committee on Aboriginal Peoples and federal and provincial governments, nothing has happened, the CBC’s Renee Filippone reports.

Today, June 21, is National Aboriginal Day. More stories on Canada’s First Nations:

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