Smelly furnace, stale air and no bathroom: Why Colville Lake, N.W.T., needs a new youth centre

The federal and territorial government announced new infrastructure money for the N.W.T., earlier this month, and it included a promise for a 1,500 square foot new youth centre in Colville Lake. (Hilary Bird/CBC)The federal and territorial government announced new infrastructure money for the N.W.T., earlier this month, and it included a promise for a 1,500 square foot new youth centre in Colville Lake. (Hilary Bird/CBC)

'I barely see any kids around. All they do is go to school and go back home,' says Cody Orlias

Colville Lake, N.W.T., is getting a new youth centre — and it's much needed, says a youth in the community.

The current space — the community's old log house, once a band office — is just "too small," says Cody Orlias, who's responsible for opening the doors of the youth centre for the kids after school.

"There's a lot of kids around and it's just too out of control," said the 16-year-old. "It gets too messy."

He says there's also stale, cold air that blows through the building's only window. And the furnace has a mind of its own — breaking down once in a while, making it too cold to open up the centre.

"There's a smell that always comes through the furnace," said Orlias.

There's no bathroom, no running water. 

And Orlias says the only place that's warm enough is the area of the tiny building where the kids play games and watch TV.

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