At the September 10, 2013 meeting of the Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Society Board in Kitamaat Village, the Board of Directors approved funding for eleven projects across the NKDF investment area. Of these eleven projects one were approved within the District of Kitimat.
Kitimat Marine Rescue Society was granted $50,000 to assist with the purchase of a new rescue vessel. The rescue vessel, to be operated by KMRS, will serve individuals and businesses on the waterways throughout the greater Kitimat area.
NKDF Chair Wayne Salewski said, “The NKDF Board is pleased to support the Kitimat Marine Rescue Society and we see this project as one that will help not only those companies that work regionally and off shore, but also the many individuals who come to this beautiful area from all over western Canada to fish and recreate.”
“We at Rio Tinto Alcan are very pleased about this grant to the Kitimat Marine Rescue Society. The service that this organization provides is vital to the entire Kitimat/Kitamaat region and is a very deserving recipient of this NKDF grant” said Colleen Nyce, Rio Tinto Alcan’s Manager of Corporate Affairs & Community Relations.
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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