At the September 10, 2013 meeting of the Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Society Board in Kitimaat Village, the Board of Directors approved funding for eleven projects across the NKDF investment area. Of these eleven projects four were approved within the community Burns Lake.
The five (5) newly approved projects for the Burns Lake area are:
NKDF Chair Wayne Salewski said, “We are very pleased to support viable projects in the Burns Lake and Southside area as this region continues to expand its economic diversity.”
“The generous financial support of the Nechako-Kitimaat Development Fund will make possible a number of projects that bring real benefits to the residents of Burns Lake. I’d like to commend NKDF on the wonderful work they are doing for the people of our region” said John Rustad, MLA for Nechako Lakes.
Rio Tinto Alcan Manager of Corporate Affairs & Community Relations, Colleen Nyce, said, “It is great that the NKDF is being used in part for promotion of the beautiful Lakes District region. The community upgrades are very noticeable and there is much to showcase. Congratulations to the recipient organizations”.
For more information on the seven other projects funded throughout Burns Lake and Kitimaat please visit http://www.nkdf.org/ for the latest news releases.
The Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Society was jointly established in 1997 with a combined contribution of $15 million by the government of British Columbia and the former Alcan Inc., now Rio Tinto Alcan. The Fund’s investment area includes lands impacted by the original Kemano project and focuses on those communities in the Ootsa, Lakes, Nechako and Haisla regions of the north.
The Society encourages applications from local governments and legally incorporated non-profit organizations. NKDF invests in projects that create sustainable employment, diversify the economy, and improve the basic infrastructure needed for community stability, quality of life and growth.
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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