The investment area for the NKDF is the Nechako Region and the lands traditionally used by the Haisla people. This includes the communities and rural settlements associated with the Nechako Region: Vanderhoof, Fort Fraser, Nautley (Nadleh Whut’en First Nation), Stoney Creek (Saik’uz First Nation), Cheslatta First Nation, as well as the settlements south of Grassy Plains in the Ootsa Lake area and Kitamaat Village.
At its July 25 Board meeting in Kitamaat Village, the Board approved grants totaling approximately $150,000, for projects ranging from infrastructure improvements to organizational plans. Society activities and programs are supported through the Northern Development Fund, jointly established by the government of British Columbia and Alcan.
Some organizations are required to provide the Society with further information before claiming their grants. At the eastern end of the investment area, Braeside Community Recreation Commission will receive $10,000 for the upgrade of the Braeside community hall; the Nechako Watershed Council will receive up to $1500 for their project to evaluate the benefits of a water release facility at Kenny Dam, phase 1; the Nechako Valley Historical Society will receive $5000 for the development of a 5-year Plan. In the center of the investment area is the Southside Economic Development Association which will receive up to $18,000 for the rehabilitation of the Bella Coola trail in Tweedsmuir Park. Lastly, at the western extreme of the investment area, $115,706 goes to Kitamaat Village Council for their community dock improvement project.
Society Chair, Dave Merz, commented that the number of proposals received by the NKDF Society has been steadily increasing in recent times. “Having been around now for a couple of years, we think folks in our communities know we are here to stay. We are pleased to be kept busy with what we are mandated to do [support sustainable economic development in the investment area].”
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Contact: Lisa Dunn, Manager
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The Government of B.C. and Alcan Inc. each contributed $7.5 million to establish the Northern Development Fund in 1999. The investment income generated from this fund supports the NKDF grants program. Each partner has one representative serving on the board of directors. The NKDF is part of the portfolio of the Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training.
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