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In 2015 Endako Mines donated an original 1966 Cat 769-35-ton haul truck, and a 1966 P&H S7 15 cubic yard shovel bucket to the Village of Fraser Lake for display and educational purposes. The haul truck and shovel bucket were operational and in use at Endako Mine until the mine went into care and maintenance in 2015. Both items are showing their age; showing rust, faded paint, and a few dents in the body work. This project will allow the Village of Fraser Lake to restore this equipment to their original state, completing sand blasting, minor repairs to the body work, and repainting.
This funding will assist the Burns Lake Fire Training Society to construct Phase one of a three-unit burn building, which will offer training in forcible entry, confined space, blackout search, self-rescue, live fire training, and basic training skills to meet minimum requirements.
This funding will assist The Colleymount Recreation Commission to upgrade the Trout Creek Hall including constructing an addition for storage of tables and chairs. The project also includes purchasing two table carts, and two chair hand-trucks to facilitate mobility of the tables and chairs.
Southside Seniors Housing Society plans to build a six-unit independent housing complex at Hospital Point. In order to apply to BC Housing for funding, SSHS needs to include Architectural concept drawings with the application. This funding will assist SSHS in securing the architectural concept drawings.
With this funding Stellat’en First Nation will restore and upgrade the Marianne Louis Memorial Hall to building code standards, including: upgrades to the foundation, handicap access, washroom upgrades, insulate and upgrade the roof.
Southside Seniors Housing Society plans to build a six-unit independent housing complex. This grant will assist with pre-development and development design fees including architectural designs from schematic through to working drawings.
The goal of the Menshed is to increase well being by fostering social connections, increasing self-esteem, and encouraging healthy living. Mensheds are an inclusive environment for men to work together on meaningful projects. This funding will assist in creating a workshop space for the group to meet and work on projects.
With this funding Fraser Lake Fire Rescue Training Society will clear, level and prepare a piece of donated land to establish a regional fire rescue training centre including a water storage tank and various props for training purposes.
The Village of Fraser Lake in partnership with the Festival of Arts Committee will host a Festival of the Arts in August 2017 that will showcase local artists, musicians and performers. This will be the third year in a row the Festival has been held.
With this funding the Nechako Valley Search and Rescue will complete the outfitting phase of the new Mobile Command Centre.
This grant is to assist Nechako Valley Exhibition Society to address water management issues at the Fair Grounds. The project will include the following activities: grade and gravel the roadways into the grounds and around the arena; repair and lift the indoor arena doors to accommodate 6” of new gravel.
This funding will assist the Nechako Valley Exhibition Society to upgrade the kitchen at the Exhibition grounds.
With this funding, Rip'n the North Bike Club will add a Pro-Line of jumps to the bike park and approximately 3 km of trial to the park. This project coincides with the 10th Anniversary of the Bike Park.
This grant will assist the Village of Burns Lake in efforts to move the community forward with the overarching goal of diversifying the economy of the Lakes District, attracting residents and businesses and increasing the capacity of the business community and residents through training.
This approval is to assist Grassy Plains Community Hall Assn. with replacing the roof at the Grassy Plains Hall. This project replaces the Hall Revitalization project approved July 7, 2016.
Lakes District Fall Fair is granted funding towards improvements at the Fall Fair Grounds including: construction of a washroom with plumbing and electrical, purchase of a new lawn mower, preparing and painting of the existing bleachers, announcer’s booth and concession.
With this funding, Burns Lake Mountain Biking Association will construct a 5km machine-built upper intermediate downhill trail over the next 3 years. As well, a beginner boardwalk loop with intermediate and advanced options will also be constructed.
This funding is approved to assist the Burns Lake Health-Care Auxiliary with completing inside components (including plumbing and electrical and finishing work) required for expansion of the Thrift Store.
With this funding Burns Lake Mountain Biking Association will add bypass options for two sections of two existing trails. As a part of this project BLMBA will partner with the school district’s local high school, Lakes District Secondary School (LDSS), and its Project Trails initiative.
With this funding Nechako Valley Community Arts Council will purchase purchase pottery and wood carving equipment and hardware to exhibit local works of art in the Arts Wing to be located in the new recreation centre.
With this funding, NVSA will remove an old shed and replace it with a fully finished structure containing an administration office, technical room, and covered storage shed.
With this grant the District of Vanderhoof will upgrade the concession at the Arena. Currently operating as a store selling pre-packaged foods, the upgrade would allow hot meals to be provided.
This approval is to assist the District of Vanderhoof to build two recreation fields including turf, clubhouse, dugouts and picnic shelter.
This grant is to assist Lakes District Senior Housing Association to install a fire suppression sprinkler system in "Carroll Cottage" senior housing complex including an upgrade of the water main connections to the Village of Burns Lake water supply.
With this funding, the Burns Lake Band will develop a First Nations Interpretive Centre as part of the new hotel, Keyoh Lodge, that is being built in Burns Lake.
This grant is to assist Lake Babine Nation with research and business planning toward the development of tourism products that include renovating and purchasing lodges.
With this funding, Nechako Valley Sporting Association seeks funding to purchase cross-country ski equipment for grade 3 students to use during lessons with the Nechako Nordics.
This grant will assist the Nechako Valley Exhibition Society to upgrade the lighting in the exhibit building to enhance visitors experience and move to a more energy efficient method of lighting the building by replacing existing lights with LED track lighting.
This project includes replacement of the Grassy Plains Hall roof and insulation, demolition of the agricultural grounds, site clean-up and construction of a new announcer’s booth including electrical service.
This grant is to assist the Lakes District Airport Society with resurfacing the runway at the Baker Airport. This grant is addition to the $100,000.00 granted to this project on Dec. 8, 2015.
The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC plans to build a public interpretive facility adjacent to the Nechako White Sturgeon Conservation Centre in Vanderhoof. In order to successfully attract the financial and political support needed, FFS needs to first develop a business plan. This funding is for the development of business plans and associated reports, presentations and proposals.
With this grant, the Village of Fraser Lake in partnership with the Festival of Arts Committee, will host a two day Festival of the Arts in Fraser Lake. The festival will include a dine and dance, bandstand performance and lakeside concert. This will be the second year in a row the Festival has been held.
With this funding, the Burns Lake Rotary Club will restore and promote two famous historical people buried in the Burns Lake Cemetery. NKDF funding will specifically be used to develop and install a bronze plaque in the shed with a historical write up on both men (Barney Mulvaney and Herbert James Atkinson aka Buckskin Jim) and a description of where they are buried in the cemetery, as well as purchase and install a headstone for each grave.
With this funding, the District of Vanderhoof in partnership with School District 91 will conduct a feasibility study to determine the viability of building a production greenhouse at Nechako Valley Secondary School.
With this grant, Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako (RDBN) will conduct a Value of Tourism Study that will include updating the inventory of tourism businesses in the region, create a report (that includes video/photography components) and the creation of tourist profiles. In addition to installing signage around the region directing tourists to the visitbulkelynechako.ca website and the newly developed Bulkley-Nechako App.
The objectives for this project include the identification of target markets, attraction of investors and new business, as well as increasing revenue in key sectors within the region.
With this grant, the Decker Lake Recreation Commission will construct a new storage closet, paint, replace kitchen faucets and sink, and purchase new banquet chairs and banquet flatware.
This approval is for the District of Vanderhoof to undertake the securing of architectural and construction drawings for the proposed Vanderhoof Regional Aquatic Centre.
This grant is to assist the Lakes District Airport Society with resurfacing the runway at the Baker Airport.
This approval is for Rose Lake Community Club to renovate, expand, and upgrade the Rose Lake Community Club including construction of a new storage addition, purchase of a new banquet, and a PA system.
With this funding, the Village of Burns Lake will replace the current Ammonia Plant at the arena with a new Freon Plant.
This funding is for the Village of Fraser Lake to relocate the Fraser Lake Museum and Visitor Information Centre to the south side of the highway as well as renovate the interior of the museum and update and repair museum exhibits. This project was subsequently cancelled by the recipient.
With this grant, the Southside Health and Wellness Centre will be upgraded to better utilize the space available so that any provider can use any of the available rooms.
This funding is to go towards the purchase of musical instruments for Nechako Valley Secondary School.
This funding is to go towards holding a one-day Festival of the Arts in 2015. The 2015 event will be a full day of music, art exhibitions, workshops, children’s programs, and many other fun interactive activities.
The purpose of the Grassroots Economic Development Opportunities Fund is to enable NKDFS to facilitate project development at the community level while leveraging funding from outside the investment area. The idea behind this concept is to have funds available to assist constituents or applicants to turn their project ideas into living projects.
The Lakes District Fall Fair Association will create a parking area designated for livestock trucks and trailers, create walkways from the new livestock parking area to the arena and washroom facility, and upgrade the washrooms.
With this funding, Nechako Valley Sporting Association will purchase LED light heads and wiring materials to upgrade ski trail lighting.
With this grant, St. Luke's Church on the Lake will renovate the St. Luke's Church on the Lake to create a safe, viable venue to host events.
This funding is to build a park that will commemorate survivors and their families of those who attended Indian Residential Schools. This project was subsequently cancelled.
With this funding, Nechako Valley Search and Rescue will renovate an existing building and create a Search and Rescue training facility, office space, and equipment storage area, all in the same location.
With this funding, Burns Lake Mountain Biking Association will construct 10.0 kilometers of new machine-built trail culminating in a wall ride.
With this funding, the District of Vanderhoof will renovate a currently empty building to house the Recreation Department.
With this funding, the Burns Lake Chamber of Commerce will develop a photo stock of professional photography of the Lakes District area that can be used in marketing campaigns and publications.
This project will expand on the Information Kiosk project that was started last year. The goal of the project is to increase tourist awareness of the Burns Lake and Lakes District Area by replacing existing signage that is out of date and falling into disrepair, including erecting new signage at the Visitor information Centre.
With this funding, Tweedsmuir Cavaliers will expand the parking area at the Saddle Club Arena and purchase a set of bleachers
With this funding, Lakes District Fall Fair Society will level and gravel the existing parking area, develop an area for increased parking, and treat the parking area for Noxious Weeds and Invasive Plants.
This approval is for Lakes Outdoor Recreation Society (LORS) to upgrade 6 recreation sites with wheelchair accessible tables and outhouses.
This funding is for the renovation and upgrade of the Seniors Friendship Centre.
This project will address a number of on farm adaptations focused on producing high quality forage under variable climatic conditions. Through the development of a weather station network within the production area, the evaluation of production techniques, and the creation of a manual for conducting on-farm trials this project seeks to increase the information and management options available to producers as well as provide for the long term ability to respond to changes in growing conditions.
This funding will go toward the restoration and beautification of the buildings at the Vanderhoof Community Museum, including building Plexiglas room blockers which allow visitors to view individual rooms while protecting valuable artifacts.
With this grant, Southside Economic Development Association (SEDA) will identify and map an existing network of trails and identify those that connect various tourism industry businesses and points of interest. Historical background and use of the trails will be researched. This phase of the project seeks to do the groundwork of identifying the trails of most value and digitizing the information, creating a foundation that future phases of the project can build on.
The purpose of the Grassroots Economic Development Opportunities Fund is to enable NKDF to facilitate project development at the community level while leveraging funding from outside the investment area. The idea behind this concept is to have funds available to assist constituents or applicants to turn their project ideas into living projects. The fund is currently administered on an as-needed basis by the NKDF Manager. The funds are to assist prospective applicants with locating potential funding agencies for projects and broader economic development related projects such as making training available that might not otherwise be offered in the communities in the NKDF investment area.
Burns Lake Mountain Bike Association (BLMBA) has developed a three year project plan for the construction of 20/km of new trail.The Boer Mountain 2014 Trail Project is phase 1 of this 3-year plan. With this funding, new routes and infrastructure will be constructed to Whistler Trail Standards and adopted by Recreation Sites and Trails BC for all mountain bike trail development in BC.
The Village of Burns Lake, working the Downtown Revitalization Committee and building on the success of phase 1, will develop the former Shell service station Brownfield site in downtown Burns Lake. The converted site will feature picnic tables, an information kiosk, bicycle storage rack, pull through parking suitable for large recreation vehicles, transport trucks or passenger vehicles, lighting, and landscaping.
Vanderhoof is experiencing a hotel room shortage to accommodate the industry development and the recreational and tourist activity that is happening in and around the community. For hoteliers to consider developing a property they require an economic feasibility study to ensure its viability. With this funding, District of Vanderhoof will complete a Hotel Valuation study to determine the viability of additional hotels.
The goal of this project is to provide a report that identifies alternative capital funding sources to move forward with four capital projects the town of Vanderhoof has identified as priorities: A new campus for the College of New Caledonia, a Community Centre to support Arts and Culture, and an aquatic centre.
The Francois Recreation Commission will construct an addition on the east side of the Francois Lake Community Hall for storage as well as purchase additional equipment required to maintain the hall site and host events.
This funding is for the purchase of musical instruments for the Grassy Plains Elementary School.
The Village of Fraser Lake intends to install two highway billboards advertising in two locations, at both the west and east of Fraser Lake. The goal of the signs is to increase the number of tourist visits to Fraser Lake and will in part assist the Village of Fraser Lake in overcoming the first roadblock identified in the 2008 Fraser Lake Strategic Economic Development Plan, lack of outside knowledge and exposure.
Lakes District Community Services Society is granted funding toward the cost of a strategic planning session.
This approval is for the District of Vanderhoof to undertake the completion of a Housing Needs and Demand Study to understand the gaps between the existing supply and demand for accessible, adequate and affordable housing in the municipality in order to meet the needs of the full housing continuum and support continued population growth and sustainability within the community.
With this project, Burns Lake Mountain Bike Association (BLMBA) created a safe and unique downhill stunt on a challenging downhill trail as part of their continuing effort to enhance the riding experience at Boer Mountain Recreation Area.
The Burn Lake & District Chamber of Commerce plans to design and produce a hiking trail guide map/brochure for the Lakes District, which will provide the hiker with important information. The guide will provide GPS information to use with smartphones and GPS units.
The Vanderhoof Visitor Centre Building has been damaged by flooding. This project will see the District of Vanderhoof permanently address water seepage issues and complete interior basement renovations.
The District of Vanderhoof plans to upgrade the washroom facility at Ferland Park.
The District of Vanderhoof will purchase and install a two-sided electronic sign.
Grassy Plains Community Hall Association plan to replace the siding on the hall building and replace the existing deck with a covered and treated wood deck and a wheelchair ramp.
The Kitimat Marine Rescue Society plan to replace the existing open vessel with a closed cabin rescue vessel of the type approved by Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary-Pacific.
The Film Society plan to replace the existing cinema seats with new ergonomically correct cinema seats, construct an accessibility platform, and install new flooring and carpet.
Nechako Valley Exhibition Society will install a cement floor and an electrical/ventilation system in the new Small Animal Barn.
Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako plans to support the development of the tourism industry by designing and creating a regional activity brochure, enhancing the website, tourism tradeshow displays, and print advertising.
Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako plans to create and distribute local food production support brochures, host events to promote locally grown food products, and purchase agriculture resources for local libraries.
Saik'uz First Nation plans to upgrade the kitchen at the Administration and Training Centre. The upgrade will include renovations and purchasing and installing new kitchen equipment.
Village of Burns Lake will replace welcome and information signage at both ends of the community along Highway 16. The new signage will display a custom-designed Village map, Visitor Information Centre coordinates, and a flexible listing of local amenities and attractions.
The Grassy Plains Community Hall Association will build an outdoor stage at the Hall site. The stage will be used for the annual Summer Music Festival (formerly called the Country and Bluegrass Festival) and will also be available for other activities sponsored by the society and other community groups.
Lakes District Fall Fair Association (LDFFA) is planning a large infrastructure improvement project prior to the September 2013 Lakes District Fall Fair. The project includes campground improvements, installation of bleachers, purchase of movable bleachers, installation of new panels and gates at the livestock arena, expansion of small animal shelter, hydro upgrades, covered shelter, delivery cart, and Senior transportation.
This project is to do an audit/assessment of existing campsites to identify accessibility issues with the intention of upgrading forest campsites for future use by seniors, people with disabilities and their families.
Ootsa Lake Bible Camp Society (OLBCS) will purchase and set-up a playground.
The Southside Seniors Housing Society plans to construct a fitness trail to support social participation and inclusion of seniors in the community by providing an exercise area for seniors and community members.
This project funding is to assist with making structural upgrades and improvements to the hall.
The Health Care Travelling Roadshow (HCTRS) is a grass roots initiative to address rural healthcare workforce shortages. It involves a multidisciplinary group of healthcare students travelling to a rural community to showcase career opportunities from the perspectives of the students training in those programs. The HCTRS will visit Burns Lake, Southside, Fraser Lake, Vanderhoof, and Fort St. James.
The purpose of the Grassroots Economic Development Opportunities Fund is to enable NKDFS to facilitate project development at the community level while leveraging funding from outside the investment area. The idea behind this concept is to have funds available to assist constituents or applicants to turn their project ideas into living projects. The fund is currently administered on an as-needed basis by the NKDF Manager. The funds are to assist prospective applicants with locating potential funding agencies for projects and broader economic development related projects such as making training available that might not otherwise be offered in the communities in the NKDF investment area.
The purpose of the initiative is to complete an internal focused environmental scan with strategic recommendations and specific developmental opportunities that will enable Highway 16 producers to capitalize on emerging domestic and international markets. This pilot project will focus primarily on the Highway 16 region near Vanderhoof; however, if central interior producers begin to export significant volume the entire Cariboo central interior region will be impacted. The project will address only forages and processed forages.
Southside Economic Development Association (SEDA) plans to construct and erect a Highway 16 Billboard with the sign portion to be 10 feet by 20 feet and framed by logs salvaged from the shores of Ootsa Lake. Attached to the log will be a wood carving of a bear on one side corner. Southside residents in favour of promoting tourism often cite lack of visibility on Highway 16 as a barrier to attracting more tourists to the Southside. This project is a step toward increasing tourist awareness of Southside assets and beauty. Private property has been donated for placement of this sign approximately 8 KM. west of Burns Lake on the north side of Highway 16.
Southside Seniors Housing Society (SSHS) is building an independent housing facility at Hospital Point, Southbank BC. Through a previous NKDF grant, the proponent successfully completed the land, geotechnical, and topographical survey, which showed Hospital Point as an ideal building site for the senior housing facility. In this phase of the project, SSHS will hire contractors to clear and prepare the site and upgrade the existing road. This will involve the clearing and removal of trees and bushes as well as leveling the building site.
Southside Volunteer Fire Department is a registered Society operating since 1983 in the Southside area. With this project, the Volunteer Fire Department plans to purchase 15 Wildland Coveralls for fighting grass and brush fires, four communication radios, and four broadband antennas.
The Burns Lake Medical Clinic Society (BLMCS) was formed to stop the decline of services in the community and to provide quality care for patients. This project includes the purchase of equipment essential to the operation of the clinic.
The hall is in need of repairs and improvements. This project will include updating the kitchen, bathrooms, office area, flooring, and air circulation. The improvements will accommodate the increased useage of the hall.
The purpose of this project is to clean the beach, repair the boat launch, and to make the area accessible to everyone, as well as adding a public bouldering & climbing wall for families, and a covered BBQ area. As well as to create a walking trail, which will have connections to an existing heritage trail.
The Colleymount Recreation Commission (CRC) is making improvements to the Trout Creek Hall including upgrading the kitchen, improving the energy-efficiency, and other upgrades.
The purpose of this project is to make key recreational infrastructure safe for current users, as well as making it attractive as a venue for regional and provincial events including the upcoming 2015 Winter Games in Prince George. To that end, the proponent wishes to replace / upgrade the dasher boards in the arena to make the facility safer and more appealing for user groups.
The funding is to assist with building an obstacle course on 1.5 acres. The project activities include cleaning up the barn area, building movable and stationary obstacles, organizing a work bee to plant the hedge around the area, repairing the foundation for the barn, and building stalls and gates for the barn.
This project will make improvements to the storage area and washroom facilities. The storage facility will be connected to the main hall building by a covered walkway with access through double doors to facilitate easy equipment moving. The plan is to upgrade both washrooms to be wheelchair accessible.
The Club is expanding the curling facility to year-round use while increasing energy efficiency and decreasing carbon emissions. Year-round use of the facility is hoped to raise the revenue necessary for the Curling Club to continue operating while also providing a valuable community use space from March to September. Project activities include: refrigeration plant replacement - 3-sheet curling rink, removal and replacement of furnace and heaters, removal and replacement of wall insulation, and replacement of cooling system pipes and headers, and replacing sand floor with cement.
The Village of Burns Lake (VoBL) plans to make improvements to the downtown area.
The purpose of the Grassroots Economic Development Opportunities Fund is to enable NKDF to facilitate project development at the community level while leveraging funding from outside the investment area. The idea behind this concept is to have funds available to assist constituents or applicants to turn their project ideas into living projects. The fund is currently administered on an as-needed basis by the NKDF Manager. The funds are to assist prospective applicants with locating potential funding agencies for projects and broader economic development related projects such as making training available that might not otherwise be offered in the communities in the NKDF investment area.
Haisla Nation Council plans to build a nature interpretive trail, including a bird viewing platform. The 2.5-kilometre Tsee-Motsa Nature Interpretive Trail starts at the MK Bay Marina and connects to Handerson Ranch. The trail is a traditional cultural trail used by Haisla people for harvesting plants, trapping animals, and other cultural purposes. The goals of the project are to remove hazards to improve safety, protect the environment, and increase signage to improve user access. The trail follows the shoreline and includes a number of viewpoints on Douglas Channel and Minette Bay Estuary, and it is representative of the coastal rainforest ecosystem. The trail will be for non-motorized use only. It is currently used by many hikers of different ages including walkers, runners, and elderly people. The project includes erecting 12 signs for plant ID and 2 signs at the trailhead for general description of the trail.
The Rose Lake Community Club (RLCC) started renovating the Hall in 2009 and is now positioned to complete the project. The Club has already installed energy-efficient upgrades, installed a wheelchair accessible washroom, completed a 12x30 addition to the hall, and drilled a well and installed running water. This project will complete the final phase including: insulating the perimeter of the hall, painting the ceilings, refinishing the original wooden floor, painting the interior, and installing linoleum in the kitchen.
Burns Lake Mountain Biking Association (BLMBA), a past recipient of NKDF funding, plans to construct the Stearns Creek Canyon Trail, linking the Bike Part to the Stearns Creek Canyon and the top of Boer Mountain (and an existing network of trails). This application is for assistance with completion of Phase 2 and 3. Phase 2 will link the east end of Long Lake to the Stearns Creek Canyon. Phase 3 will link Stearns Creek Canyon to the top of Boer Mountain. The creation of this portion of the Stearns Creek Canyon Trail will create new trail infrastructure to challenge both locals and visitors. The trail will be built according to Whistler Trail Standards, which is the accepted standard for Recreation Sites and Trails BC authorized trails.
Nechako Valley Sporting Association (NVSA) proposes to construct a 1.25km paved training and recreation trail. The trail will be located at NVSA property west of Vanderhoof. The NVSA facilities/property is used by a broad range of user groups including cross country skiers, biathlon skiers, para-nordic skiers, hockey and speed skaters, and disabled athletes.
Nechako View Senior Citizens Housing Society has been adding units to the complex in Vanderhoof since 2004-05. In 2008 the Society added another triplex and another 5-plex on the property, and in 2010 the group constructed another triplex and a common room. This approval is to assist with construction of another triplex and an activity centre. The primary beneficiaries of this project will be the seniors of Vanderhoof.
This project consists of expanding and connecting the existing arena and curling rink, creating a 10,000 square foot addition to the existing recreation facilities. The expansion will offer a squash court, climbing wall, children's indoor play area, work-out gym, equipment rental space, multi-purpose community area, training space, recreation programming space, event hosting, and sport development space. The new expansion will meet the community's need for a year round recreation centre that is open to all residents and recreation groups.
The Burns Lake Soccer Club (BLSC) is 14 years old and has an active program with 30 coaches and 250 kids, ages 4-17. Part of the club's vision has been to improve the fields and the environment surrounding the soccer field, which are located in Burns Lake behind CNC and next to the high school. On the main field, there is narrow strip of land that parallels the CN railway tracks that has grown in with weeds and is largely abandoned. BLSC wishes to develop this area into a simple walking trail that would start at the field entrance, wind its way through this area, and exit at Saul Creek. The project has two phases - 1) construction of the trail and 2) planting young saplings to border the trail. This approval is for funding to construct the trail - Phase I of this project.
The Decker Lake Recreation Commission (DLRC) completed energy efficient upgrades and improvements to the Decker Lake Hall in 2009. The upgrades have reduced operating costs. Building upon the past work done, this project includes a safety component with upgrades to the kitchen, interior design improvements, and construction of a storage area for tables and chairs.
In this endeavour to set up hot-beds and greenhouses at each Band's location, Nee Tahi Buhn Band represents itself, Skin Tyee Nation, and Cheslatta Carrier Nation. The project aspires to grow and supply the three First Nation communities on the south side of Francois Lake with locally grown vegetables and fruits. On the capacity building side, they plan to teach skills such as meal preparation, canning and storing, and eating healthy foods. A part of the project includes education in nutrition with the support of health professionals from Carrier Sekani Family Services and the Southside Wellness Centre.
Omineca Ski Club (OSC) plans to renovate the Ski Lodge and proactively market the facility. Work needed on the Lodge includes: flooring, acoustic sound tiles, additional speakers, curtains/blinds, and paint. Once the Lodge is completed, OSC plans to develop a brochure highlighting the features and Ski Club trails, as well as pushing the facility for rentals, revamping the website, and developing a larger social media strategy to attract tourists, skiers, and businesses.
Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako (RDBN) is developing a Digital Media Image Bank (Image Bank) to support tourism within the region. The image bank will include still photographs and video footage that can be accessed by partners to highlight the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako. The RDBN and all participating communities within the region will have access and rights to the images to promote the area. The proponent anticipates that materials may be used for Websites, Social Media Sites, Northern BC Tourism and Tourism BC, Print Media, Television, Google maps, and Hello BC. RDBN plans to gather images by hiring professional photographers and by hosting a contest for amateur photographers.
Stellat'en First Nation will undertake a pre-conceptual feasibility study involving a web-based or desk top research on potential sites for run-of-the river hydroelectricity in the traditional territory and prepare a basic cost that will depict the project size and unique attributes of the local transmission system, but excluding interconnection cost for the hydro-electricity project. The web-based study will assess the five locations identified within this project and suggest one site with the greatest potential of constructing a run-of the-river hydro project.
This project was to be a continuation of the Wind Energy Evaluation - Phase 1 project. The first year's data collection showed weak results for some of the winter months, and Stellat'en had planned to complete an additional year in order to confirm the data as well as taking time to identify the right technology to take advantage of the wind energy opportunity for the site. The project was cancelled at the request of the recipient.
This infrastructure improvement project will increase economic activity in the area, reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, and increase accessibility for those with mobility issues. The project will create new economic opportunities for the Tweedsmuir Park Rod & Gun Club as well as for businesses in Burns Lake. The project includes the construction of a rifle range building, construction of a covered main entrance and wheelchair ramp, and insulating the roof and installing new shingles.
Vanderhoof Curling Club is expanding the curling facility to year-round use while increasing energy efficiency and decreasing carbon emissions. Year-round use of the facility is hoped to raise the revenue necessary for the Curling Club to continue operating while also providing a valuable community use space from March to September. Project activities include: refrigeration plant replacement - 3 sheet curling rink, removal and replacement of furnace and heaters, removal and replacement of wall insulation, replacement of cooling system pipes and headers, and replacing sand floor with cement.
Village of Burns Lake plans to increase economic activity and participation at Spirit Square and the Tom Forsyth Arena by making improvements at each facility. Spirit Square and the Tom Forsyth Arena encompass an area with recreational opportunities for ice sports, water sports, skateboarding, curling, tennis, self-directed exercise, and free camping. For the Arena, the project includes the purchase of two regulation hockey nets and 9-foot dividers to replace the currently used 30 cm foam-dividers, which will allow two teams (ice or no ice) to play simultaneously thereby increasing capacity. Project also includes the purchase and installation of solar lighting at Spirit Square, which produces no greenhouse gases while increasing the operating hours and reducing the cost of lighting. As well, the proponent will purchase kayaks, canoes, and skateboards to rent to locals and tourists.
Since 2003, Nechako Valley Search and Rescue (NVSAR) members have been fundraising to purchase a new mobile command centre, which is needed to replace their mechanically unsound bus. Unable to raise the funds necessary to purchase a new mobile command centre, members downsized and focused on purchasing a used pickup, a medical transport camper, and a trailer. This project included funding assistance to help pay for a generator and the completion of cabinets in the trailer.
This project first came to NKDF in November 2005 and was approved for funding to assist with the completion of the planning and assessment. That part of the project was completed in May 2006, with the help of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). In August 2006, Burns Lake Mountain Bike Association (BLMBA) was incorporated as a non-profit. Through a remarkable mixture of funding, volunteer time, donated labour, equipment, materials and supplies, public recognition and political will, the stakeholders have completed a number of projects leading to development of the mountain bike park. With this approval, BLMBA plans to construct the Stearns Creek Epic Trail, linking the Bike Part to the Stearns Creek Canyon and the top of Boer Mountain (and an existing network of trails). This leg of the project is to complete construction of the first 4.2 km of trail, which will link the Bike Park to Kager Lake and the southeast of Long Lake.
The Directors of the Nechako Market Development Society (NMDS) identified the need to develop a strategic business plan that will enable the Society to strengthen its social enterprise and lay a solid foundation for the business model's potential replication in surrounding communities. The funds approved by NKDF went toward paying a consultant to provide 2.5 days of training/facilitation to explore the value of and potential for partnership with other support agencies as well as opportunities for rolling the business model out in neighbouring communities, and development of a detailed action plan.
The Burns Lake Legion (in existence for 65 years) plans to renovate its facility and proposes a project that will reduce operating costs, update the interior, improve capital assets, and enable the organization to keep current clientele happy as well as attracting new patrons to the facility. This project includes: installation of vinyl siding, painting of the interior, insulation of the ceiling, installation of T-bar lighting system using T8 florescent tubes, installation of carpet and lino, and the building and installation of new table tops. Also included in the project are purchases of a gas cook stove, new tables and chairs, a public address system, and a changeable outdoor advertising sign.
Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako (RDBN) began an Agriculture project in 2010 that included assisting Farmer's Markets operating within the region with advertising and training. In this project, RDBN plans to develop highway signage with a regional logo and advertising banner, and the addition of Farmers' Market information to the RDBN website. The project includes all 8 Farmers' Markets in the region, but this application is for assistance with the 5 markets that are within the NKDF catchment area including Vanderhoof, Fort Fraser, Lakes Public in Burns Lake, Heritage in Burns Lake, and Southside.
Elders, especially women of Stellat'en First Nation, have identified this project as one that will steer the community to supporting small cottage industries to promote economic development. The goal is to revamp the traditional community small scale/cottage business network system where household food and household supplies were predominantly secured within or close to each community. The general goal of this economic development social enterprise is to increase the Stellat'en community garden vegetable production to generate revenue. Revenue from the sales of produce will be used to finance small scale cottage industries in Stellat'en First Nation. The proposed is a pilot project with potential for replication in other First Nations and rural communities.
Fraser Lake Public Library is renovating its facility in order to create a family-centered literacy environment for public use and enjoyment. The project includes upgrades and reconfiguration of the children and youth sections, replacement of eight computer systems with software updates, painting of the interior of the library, installation of commercial grade linoleum on the main floor, energy-efficient lighting upgrades, installation of two windows with roll-up shades to provide natural lighting, and the installation of proper library shelving.
This project is comprised of completing a technical, environmental, and economic feasibility analysis of energy efficiency upgrades and two biomass district heating systems for the Stellat'en First Nation community. The first part of the project will include the completion of the building energy audits for five key community buildings, to identify and implement energy efficiency improvements in Stellat'en in order to reduce annual fuel costs and GHG emissions associated with the buildings. The second part of the project includes implementing two outdoor wood biomass district heating system clusters to supply heat to five Stellat'en community buildings.
This project was conceived by stakeholders of the Burns Lake Energy Forum. Village of Burns Lake has established an MOU with several groups under the heading of Burns Lake Energy Working Group. The purpose of the project is to develop a community heating system that will utilize local wood supplies. The project is comprised of 3 main stages: 1) Feasibility, 2) Detailed Engineering, Design & Governance, and 3) Construction. NKDF funding is approved to assist with 2) Detailed Engineering, Design & Governance.
This project is a partnership including Cheslatta Carrier Nation and Rio Tinto Alcan. Representatives from each partner will manage the project, which will draw on resources from a broader range of stakeholders and serve a broader group of participants including First Nations groups both in- and outside the NKDF investment area. The purpose of this project is to bring together artisans along the western corridor, create a brand and increase local artisan's profile, and build a marketing and distribution system including an online portal.
The College of New Caledonia (CNC) is establishing an Aviation Business Diploma program to train pilots for employment (and self-employment) in northern Canadian air charter operations. CNC has established an MOU with University of Fraser Valley, who will provide the curriculum, and another MOU with Guardian Aerospace to provide the air and ground flight training. NKDF approved funding assistance for the purchase of two Level 2 Flight Simulators to aid in the training of pilots for employment in northern Canadian air charter operations. The aim of the Aviation Business Diploma Program is to provide both flight and business training.
Francois Tchesinkut Recreation Commission (FTRC), the administrator for the Francois Lake Hall, plans to complete much needed upgrades to the Hall, which was built in 1916 and has not had much attention since. NKDF approved funding in the amount of $34,970 for the upgrades to the kitchen facility.
Lakes District Film Society (LDFS) was formed in 2009 to support presentation, appreciation, and production of film in the Lakes District. Currently at 92 members, the Society has purchased the Beacon Theatre and proceeded to tackle a number of upgrades to the facility including replacing 3 furnaces, installation of a POS system, purchasing a computer system, purchase and installation of a Satellite system, and purchase of a security system.
The Trap Club wishes to purchase new automated clay pigeon throwers (180 Sporter Commercial Traps), one SST rabbit thrower (trap), thirteen Deep Cycle RV batteries, necessary to operate the throwers, and a storage building to house the equipment. Currently operating with one manual thrower, the members have a lot of down time while awaiting their turn to shoot. It is expected that the increased capacity will be more efficient and position the Club to attract visitors and dollars to the community. This project enjoys financial or in-kind support from club members, CANFOR Plateau, and Omineca Source for Sports.
Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako (RDBN) is approved for funding assistance to install a Pager Repeater System to serve the Southside area. The project consists of upgrading the Mount Verdun Repeater Tower, clearing trail and site near Danskin, installation of an 18 to 20 meter repeater tower at the Danskin site, constructing a small equipment storage building, installing solar power at the Danskin site, and purchasing 12 pagers for the Southside Volunteer Fire Department. The Danskin tower is necessary to boost the reception and pager coverage across the entire protection area and link the pager service to the 9-1-1 service.
The Dennis Alec Memorial Ball Field is located on the Woyenne Reserve in Burns Lake, BC, home of the Lake Babine Nation. The Ball Field was built for the community in 1994 by local community members and includes a fence, bleachers, dugouts, concession, announcer's booth, and bathrooms. Over time the ball field has deteriorated and become an unsafe environment for youth and community members. NKDF approved an amount of $25,510 to assist with upgrading the ball field to increase usability and make it a safer facility including the construction of a concession stand and bathrooms, bleachers, and an announcer's booth.
Reel Alternatives has demonstrated success with its Sterling Sturgeon Film Festival. However, rising costs are making it difficult for the organization to continue doing the film screenings through the regular venue(s), and the Society now aspires to purchase a portable digital system to enable them to collaborate with the local school (Nechako Valley Secondary School) and take the show to neighbouring communities. With this approval for funding assistance, Reel Alternatives will purchase a high definition Sanyo WM5500 Professional Projector. Portable digital delivery capacity will also enable the Society to make films available throughout the year, expanding opportunities beyond the confines of the film festival concept. As well, the proponent plans to use the equipment to showcase local talent/films from schools, both local and in neighbouring communities.
Rip'N The North Bike Club is a registered Society formed in July 2008. In May 2009 NKDF provided $50,000 in funding to assist with construction of a bike skills park on a property provided by the District of Vanderhoof. Because the soil was very dry at the time of construction, it was not possible to determine what drainage issue might arise, nor was it realistic at the time to mitigate any drainage problems. With spring runoff this year, the drainage issues and solutions became clearer, and the purpose of this grant in the amount of $5,593 is to assist with upgrading the drainage system for the bike park.
Vanderhoof Volunteer Extrication Association (VVEA) plans to purchase a new rescue vehicle. The new vehicle will replace the current, out-dated, 1995 Ford 1-Ton. The rescue vehicle is an essential transport vehicle for crew and equipment responding to emergencies. This infrastructure is critical to the ongoing public safety of locals and visitors. The need to update the vehicle is further fueled by increased mining activities, necessitating long hauls to remote locations. The total amount of $75,000 was approved in two segments: the first for $35,000, and the second in the amount of $40,000.
This project first came to NKDF in November 2005 and was approved for $3,360 to assist with the completion of the planning and assessment. That part of the project was completed in May 2006 with the help of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). The proponent, Burns Lake Mountain Bike Association, was incorporated as a non-profit in August 2006. Through an impressive mix of funding, volunteer time, donated labour, equipment, materials and supplies, public recognition, and political will, the stakeholders have completed Phase I of the project and were funded a second grant in the amount of $50,000 to assist with furthering the development of a mountain bike park. This approval, in the amount of $13,953, is to construct an additional trail, increasing the park's attractiveness to a variety of bikers.
The Lakes District Fall Fair grounds are home to the annual agriculture fair, which has been ongoing for more than 60 years. Lakes District Fall Fair Association (LDFFA) demonstrates a high standard of community leadership. In 2008-09 NKDF provided funding assistance to build the horse barn and upgrade the exhibit hall. In 2009 NKDF provided funding to assist with upgrades to the exhibit hall, the horse barn, the washroom, and construction of a first aid / office building. This funding approval is for assistance with the upgrades to the PERKA building, which is used for the Fall Fair Exhibition and RV storage, the drilling of a new well, and electrical upgrades to the Children's Festival area. Beneficiaries of this project are the residents of the Lakes District including the many events taking place on the fair grounds, bringing opportunities to attract visitors and expenditures to the area.
Nechako Valley Exhibition Society's (NVES) main project each year is hosting the Nechako Valley Exhibition in August. This year's event is expected to attract 5,000 people and over $250,000 in revenue to the area. NVES is approved for a grant in the amount of $3,500.00 for renovations to its arena building, specifically to install an automatic fire suppression system and upgrade the water system and washrooms.
After successful completion of three prior construction projects and the addition of several senior's housing units to the Vanderhoof community, Nechako View Senior Citizens Housing Society (NVSCHS) is approved to receive funding assistance to construct an additional triplex and a Common Room on the property. This type of housing is not eligible for government funding (such as Independent Living BC) as the units are designed to be self-supporting with no services. The primary beneficiaries of this project will be the growing senior's population of Vanderhoof, and the local businesses and agencies that serve them.
Vanderhoof Volunteer Extrication Association (VVEA) plans to purchase a new rescue vehicle. The new vehicle will replace the current, out-dated, 1995 Ford 1-Ton. The rescue vehicle is an essential transport vehicle for crew and equipment responding to emergencies. This infrastructure is critical to the ongoing public safety of locals and visitors. The need to update the vehicle is further fueled by increased mining activities, necessitating long hauls to remote locations. The total amount of $75,000 was approved in two segments: the first for $35,000, and the second in the amount of $40,000.
The purpose of the Grassroots Economic Development Opportunities Fund is to enable NKDFS to facilitate project development at the community level while leveraging funding from outside the investment area. The idea behind this concept is to have funds available to assist constituents or applicants to turn their project ideas into living projects. The fund is currently administered on an as-needed basis by the NKDF Manager. The funds are to assist prospective applicants with locating potential funding agencies for projects and broader economic development related projects such as making training available that might not otherwise be offered in the communities in the NKDF investment area.
The proponent was approved for a grant in the amount of $20,000 for the purpose of revitalizing Kinette Park, located in Burns Lake. The revitalization project includes a new entrance, paved handicap stalls, pathways of paving stone, park benches, picnic table, accessible play stations for ages 1 to 12, accessible soft-surfacing, and landscaping.
In January 2006 Southside Economic Development Association (SEDA) received a grant from NKDF to assist with development of the SEDA Centre, which entailed making improvements to a property adjacent to the Ferry terminal at Southside. The group then proceeded to build a 220m pathway, half of which is wheelchair accessible. SEDA is now approved for funding to assist with research, creating an interpretive plant inventory with information and photos of all existing plants, constructing and erecting interpretive signage (60-80 individual markers), two 8'x4 signs double sided, and the creation of a brochure.
Kitamaat Village Council was approved for funds to assist with a two-part project in Kitamaat Village, building 4 bus shelters and a grave digging shed at the grave yard. The project will employ Haisla members to build the shelters.
The purpose of this project is to produce a 90-minute documentary about the struggles for economic and social survival and development of the Cheslatta Carrier Nation and the Burns Lake Band. This partnership is made up of Cheslatta Carrier First Nations, Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada (SSHCC), UBC (in-kind), and NKDF. This is a second funding approval for this project.
District of Vanderhoof is seeking funding to assist with the purchase and installation of a new spray park at Ferland Park. This will involve bringing in high quality materials and interactive water features to replace the current spray park which is 20 years old, outdated and unattractive, and becoming costly to maintain, an inefficient water management system, and a safety hazard for the children using it. During warmer months (May through October), the spray park is heavily used by families, schools children, preschoolers, and visitors to the community. Improvement of this amenity will make the Community a better place to live, work, and play as well as help District of Vanderhoof to recruit and retain professionals and businesses.
Fraser Lake Saddle Club is a registered non-profit that has been in operation for 49 years. It was formally incorporated as a Society in 1990. The facility hosts a number of ongoing activities including trail rides, horse shows, and gymkhana. The Saddle Club serves a variety of client groups including the local club members, the broader community, and folks from surrounding communities. The Club has been approved for funding to assist with repairs and updates to the arena including removal and replacement of sand on the arena floor, installation of new signage, purchase and installation of gates, purchase of a water container, purchase and installation of new bleachers, and purchase of a ground conditioner.
This is a Cheslatta First Nations research and development initiative with a main objective of creating a social enterprise, providing it is shown to be feasible. During the 2007-2008 fiscal Cheslatta Carrier Nation (CCN) received a Western Diversification (CEDI) grant to explore opportunities for harvesting, processing, and marketing the waterwood (timber recovered from the Nechako Reservoir) and beetle kill timber as well as to address infrastructure deficiencies. To date, CCN have successfully started to produce paddles and a growing line of craft and gift items, including functional paddles, promotional sizes (from 12" to 36"), spirit feathers, drum frames, carved canoes, and key fobs. The purpose of this feasibility phase of the project is to perfect and streamline the current product line, develop and add new viable products as well as to design and implement a marketing strategy.
Lakes District Arts Council (LDAC) was approved for funding assistance to hire a consultant to determine the possibility of creating an Artisan Centre in Burns Lake. If it goes ahead, the Centre will be a place for visual artists to collectively pool their knowledge and resources while accessing retail markets. A space where local quilters, painters, print-makers, scrapbookers, photographers, potters, sculptors, woodworkers, and textile artists can showcase their products for the purpose of cultural tourism, education, and revenue. LDAC plans to hire a consultant for a period of 12 weeks to carry out the research to determine the feasibility of the Artisan Centre.
Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako (RDBN) is approved for funding to assist with completing a business/resident/tourism attraction project. This project will include: Updating and enhancing the Asset Mapping database; Translating various pages on the business development section of the RDBN website; and Preparing business information for inclusion in the RDBN Mining Web Portal.
The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #274 intends to install an updated kitchen to comply with health and safety standards. The kitchen provides seniors daily lunches, other events (Seniors Christmas luncheon, pancake breakfasts), and community rentals. The proposed work includes: Installing venting and fire suppression systems; Installing 3-phase power; Installing electrical needs; Installing new cabinets and storage system; and purchasing and installing equipment (Charbroiler, deep fryers, range/griddle, convection ovens). The construction will be managed by the Legion Board members.
Southside Seniors Housing Society is building a seniors housing facility at Hospital Point. NKDF funds are to assist with hiring professionals to produce a land, geotechnical, and topographical survey of the land. They plan to use the funds to subdivide the land, for legal and professional fees associated with the permission to enter agreement, property sale, and land transfer.
In 2008, Kitamaat Village Council invested $2.3 million in construction of a much-needed administration building. This approval is to provide funding assistance with paving the parking lot and installation of a side walk, a welcome sign, and landscaping around the administration building.
Kitamaat Village Council is approved for funding assistance to make improvements to the soccer field including refurbishing the changing room, replacing the existing wood fence, leveling the ground, and installing new bleachers. The field is used for soccer, lacrosse, football, and track and field, as well as a number of celebratory events including the Music and Friend Music Festival.
Kitamaat Village Council will use this funding to assist with making improvements to the Recreation Centre including replacement of the boiler, repairs to the kitchen, replacing the toilet, putting down new flooring in the main entrance, and enhancement of the main entrance. Built 35 years ago, the recreation building is a main hub of activities in the Village, used as a gymnasium for the school, by the elders walking club, basketball tournaments, workshops, fest hall and other cultural gatherings such as Gathering of Nations, weddings, and community meetings. The purpose of this retrofit is to reduce fuel costs and conserve the amount of energy required to keep it functional.
Nadleh Whut'en Band was approved for funding to assist with paying for the training of 6 youth to record and document the activities of the Nadleh Bunk'ut Cultural Immersion Camp at Ormand Lake in July and August 2009. The six students (3 from Nadleh Whut'en First Nation and 3 from Stellat'en First Nation) recorded the activities for three weeks and then prepared a documentary film.
This proposal arises from a recently completed feasibility analysis that was completed to determine what improvements are needed to the Tom Forsyth Memorial Arena and prioritize those improvements. The Arena caters to at least 15 user groups, is host to 14 winter tournaments, and 3 summer events. Each event attracts approximately 160 visitors to the community. NKDF approved funding to assist with improvements to the arena according to the priorities identified in the feasibility study.
Upper Nechako Wilderness Council (UNWC) is a registered Society whose members are lodges and resorts throughout the area south of Vanderhoof. UNWC members have joined forces for the purpose of marketing, promoting tourism, and attracting investment. Last year, with funding assistance from Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako, and WED (CEDI), UNWC created a marketing strategy. UNWC has been approved for funding assistance with improving wilderness recreation infrastructure throughout the Upper Nechako region.
Upper Nechako Wilderness Council (UNWC) is a registered Society whose members are lodges and resorts throughout the area south of Vanderhoof. UNWC members have joined forces for the purpose of marketing, promoting tourism and attracting investment. Last year, with funding assistance from Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako and WED (CEDI), UNWC created a marketing strategy. UNWC has been approved for funding assistance with installing signage throughout the Upper Nechako region.
The Haisla Kitamaat Heritage Corridor project involves development of a "corridor" throughout Kitamaat Village that highlights touristic assets such as a community garden, community green house, community smoke house, and the Haisla Art Gallery (Haisla School). The corridor will provide an opportunity for visitors to discover the culture, heritage, and traditions of the Haisla Nation. The main goal of the project is to involve as many Haisla people as possible and provide jobs and economic spin-offs throughout the community.
The fair grounds are home to the annual agriculture fair, which has been ongoing for more than 60 years. In 2008-2009 NKDF provided funding assistance to build the horse barn and upgrade the exhibit hall. For 2009-2010, Lakes District Fall Fair Association will use this approved funding to upgrade the exhibit hall and horse barn as well as upgrading the washroom, and constructing a first aid and office building. By offering improved facilities, the Association hopes to create economic benefits by increasing the number of attendees, events, and expenditures to the Lakes District.
Rip'N The North Bike Club was approved for funding assistance for constructing a bike skills park on a property provided by the District of Vanderhoof. The Club members successfully garnered cash donations and considerable in-kind contributions toward the project totaling 50% of the project costs. The bike park will be a valuable resource for locals and visitors of all ages, and the Club has gained considerable grassroots community support for its efforts.
The purpose of the Grassroots Economic Development Opportunities Fund is to enable NKDF to facilitate project development at the community level while leveraging funding from outside the investment area. The idea behind this concept is to have funds available to assist constituents or applicants to turn their project ideas into living projects. The fund is currently administered on an as-needed basis by the NKDF Manager. The funds are to assist prospective applicants with locating potential funding agencies for projects and broader economic development related projects such as making training available that might not otherwise be offered in the communities in the NKDF investment area.
Omenica Ski Club was founded in 1927 and has enjoyed growth and many successes leading up to today. The Jean Paulson Lodge was built in 2005, with a potential occupancy of 150. The Biathlon is the combination of ski and shooting skills. It is a sport that is growing in popularity, and one where the contestants must complete and demonstrate skills at both skiing and shooting. Omenica Ski Club is building on existing assets to construct a biathlon range to BC Biathlon standards as well as purchasing the equipment needed for the Club to host regional competitions. This project is funded in partnership by NKDF, COMFOR, and the Omenica Ski Club.
Beginning with a strategic planning session in 2007, the Stellat'en First Nation community has selected Wind Energy as a top economic development priority. Stellat'en First Nation wishes to complete a detailed wind resource evaluation to determine whether a wind energy operation might be feasible in the area. The resource assessment will be contracted to a technical expert in wind analysis. This project includes five steps to complete an analysis of the wind resource on the Stellat'en First Nation territory and a scoping study of financing and partnership models for project development. The Stellat'en First Nation will work with The Pembina Institute to implement the project. This project is funded in partnership by NKDF, Stellat'en First Nation, and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC).
The District of Vanderhoof proposes to increase the economic stability and quality of life for the Vanderhoof community by installing airport lighting and a navigation system that will allow for 24 hour access to the airport. NKDF assisted with funding for an engineering report for the Vanderhoof airport in 2005 and subsequently with funding for upgrades to Runway 07-25 in 2006 (recommended First Phase). This project was recommended as Option 2 (Second Phase) in the 2005 study/report. This funding partnership includes NKDF, District of Vanderhoof, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Northern Development Initiative, and WD-CEDI Program.
Nechako Valley Community Services Society (NVCSS) has opened a new non-profit coffee house called The Bean on Burrard Coffee House in order to provide employment to persons with developmental delays. The Nechako Valley Community Organics Project is an expansion of the Bean on Burrard project. NVCSS will establish a greenhouse to be operated by persons with developmental delays (with guidance and support by life skills workers). The Nechako Valley Community Organics project is intended to maximize employment and build further capacity for up to ten individuals with disabilities. Funding is provided to assist with construction of the greenhouse and purchase of equipment. This project is funded in partnership by NKDF, NVCSS, Atkins Growers, NuGrowth Technology, NeighbourLink, Northern Outdoor Energy Systems, and HEAL.
Power interruption is a frequent and often prolonged occurrence for Southside residents. Southside Health and Wellness Centre experiences numerous power failures each year, causing interference to the delivery of services. An extreme example of this occurred during the snowstorm of October 2006, when the facility was closed for over 2 service days resulting in several programs being cancelled or rescheduled. The installation of an emergency backup generator, located at the Health Centre, will benefit all community residents by allowing for the continuous delivery of much needed health services, even if there are delays in getting back onto the Hydro grid. This project consists of purchasing and installing an emergency backup power generator at the Southside Health & Wellness Centre. This project is funded in partnership by NKDF, Southside Health & Wellness Centre, and Rio Tinto Alcan.
Southside Volunteer Fire Department (SVFDS) is a registered Society operating since 1983 in the Southside area. The fire hall does not currently have a water supply. Water is hauled to the hall location from Francois Lake. In 2005, NKDF assisted SVFDS to install a 5000 gallon underground water tank at the Southside Health & Wellness Centre. This application is for funding assistance to install a 1500' water line from Francois Lake to the fire hall to create a year round supply of water to that location. This project is funded in partnership by NKDF, Southside Volunteer Fire Department Society, and Hamp Construction.
The Burns Lake Beautification Committee will replace the older, well-used banner with a new electronic sign to communicate with locals and visitors to the area. The electronic sign will display advertising for commercial and non-profit chamber members and non-members.
Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) of Stuart Nechako will partner in bringing the CFDC Annual Fall Conference 2008 to the north. The Conference will attract CFDC and non-CFDC economic development professionals from BC and Alberta. The purpose of the conference is to develop leadership skills and focus on the attraction and retention of human resources. NKDF has approved funding toward the cost for speakers.
Haisla Nation Council is building a tourism business using existing assets—the traditional territory, Kowesas Lodge and cabins, and the Haisla Nation boat. The goals of this project are to prepare the Haisla Nation boat to transport tourism traffic, make improvements to Kowesas Lodge, interest Haisla band members in working in the tourism industry, develop training and coaching packages for workers, test different tourism packages, fine-tune the tourism offering, and implement the business plan.
After successful completion of two prior construction projects and the addition of several senior's housing units to the Vanderhoof community, Nechako View Senior Citizens Housing Society (NVSCHS) is approved to receive funding assistance to construct 8 more affordable housing units on the property. This type of housing is not eligible for government funding (such as Independent Living BC) as the units are designed to be self-supporting with no services. The primary beneficiaries of this project will be the growing senior's population of Vanderhoof and the local businesses and agencies that serve them.
The BC Forage Council is the lead agency in BC for testing improved forage crops. This project will test forage varieties between 2008 and 2011 with the intention of increasing crop yield and profitability for Nechako area farmers and ranchers. Other funding partners include Nechako Area Livestock Producers and Fort Fraser Livestock (Horn) Fund.
The purpose of this project is to produce a 90-minute documentary about the struggles for economic and social survival and development of the Cheslatta Carrier Nation and the Burns Lake Band. This partnership is made up of Cheslatta Carrier First Nations, Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada (SSHCC), UBC (in-kind), and NKDF.
The project involves renovations and upgrades to a historic building that serves as an anchor for the Nechako Valley Historical Society (NVHS), housing both the cafe and a number of collections. NVHS has a five year plan for the building and social enterprise to become a significant northern historical attraction and create economic benefits for the area. This approval is the second toward a partnership that includes Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako, NVHS, and NKDF.
The Village of Burns Lake will develop a community waterfront park to create a passive and active recreation and meeting area for residents and visitors. Proponent has chosen the 2.5 acre property currently known as Nourse Park for this project. The project is planned to include a bandstand and seating area, an open grassy area, greenery, pathways, historical statues/art, and general amenities such as newly constructed washroom facilities, an irrigation system, lighting, and a concession stand. NKDF and the Village of Burns Lake will co-fund this portion of the project, which includes the Performance Shelter and the Washroom/Concession.
The District of Vanderhoof in constructing a Sportsfield & Stadium Complex, in partnership with School District 91, the Olympic/Paralympic Live Sites Program, Western Economic Diversification (CEDI), and NKDF. Phase one of the project will include a premier grass playing field, a six lane shale running track, and two washrooms.
The District of Vanderhoof will revitalize the downtown area of Burrard Avenue from Columbia to Victoria Street. This is the fourth phase of the Vanderhoof downtown revitalization. The project is funded in partnership by the District of Vanderhoof, Western Economic Diversification (CEDI), and NKDF.
In partnership with the District of Fort St. James, the ski club created and will implement a 2007-2008 Redevelopment Plan. NKDF approved funding assistance for a well and water system, marketing, and the purchase of a groomer and a radio system. The project is partnered by the District of Fort St. James, the Towns for Tomorrow Initiative, Western Economic Diversification (CEDI), and NKDF.
The purpose of the Grassroots Economic Development Opportunities Fund is to enable NKDF to facilitate project development at the community level while leveraging funding from outside the investment area. The idea behind this concept is to have funds available to assist constituents or applicants to turn their project ideas into living projects. The fund is currently administered on an as-needed basis by the NKDF Manager. The funds are to assist prospective applicants with locating potential funding agencies for projects and broader economic development related projects such as making training available that might not otherwise be offered in the communities in the NKDF investment area.
The City of Prince George hosted the 2008 Economic Development Association of British Columbia (EDABC) conference. The Conference gathered economic development professionals together to broaden educational and professional development opportunities. NKDF provided funding toward the cost for speakers.
The Fort Fraser Local Commission hopes to entice visitors to stop, access services, and spend more time in Fort Fraser. NKDF approved funds to assist with creating a 'Fort Fraser Brochure', purchasing materials and hiring workers to carry out beautification projects during the summer of 2008. This project is funded in partnership by Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako, Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM), and NKDF.
The Village of Burns Lake will develop a community waterfront park to create a passive and active recreation and meeting area for residents and visitors. Proponent has chosen the 2.5 acre property currently known as Nourse Park for this project. The project is planned to include a bandstand and seating area, an open grassy area, greenery, pathways, historical statues/art, and general amenities such as newly constructed washroom facilities, an irrigation system, lighting, and a concession stand. NKDF and the Village of Burns Lake will co-fund this second phase of the project, which includes the Radley Beach Entrance Area and the Noarse Park and Shelter Entrance Area.
The project involves renovations and upgrades to a historic building that serves as an anchor for the Nechako Valley Historical Society (NVHS), housing both the cafe and a number of collections. NVHS has a five year plan for the building and social enterprise to become a significant northern historical attraction and create economic benefits for the area. This approval is the first toward a partnership that includes Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako, NVHS, and NKDF.
Village of Fraser Lake plans to develop a 30-acre property on the south side of Highway 16. The purpose is to provide serviced commercial-industrial land for sale to potential entrepreneurs, in hopes of attracting new enterprises and services to the area.
The District of Vanderhoof, along with other local communities and First Nations, envision that a regionally significant interpretive centre, linked to white sturgeon recovery efforts, will present economic opportunities to enhance tourism, education, and environmental stewardship. The project is funded in partnership by District of Vanderhoof, Western Economic Diversification (CEDI), and NKDF. The NKDF funding will go toward the cost of a business plan.
The purpose of this project is to train local workers for employment in a block processing plant owned by Burns Lake Native Development Corporation (BLNDC). During the start-up phase of the operation, workers will receive Occupational First Aid, Transportation Endorsement, Safety and transitional on-the-job training. This project is funded in partnership by NKDF, BLNDC, and The Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment and Training Association (PGNAETA).
The District of Vanderhoof is constructing a Sportsfield & Stadium Complex in partnership with School District 91, the Olympic/Paralympic Live Sites Program, Western Economic Diversification (CEDI), and NKDF. Phase one of the project will include a premier grass playing field, a six lane shale running track, and two washrooms.
The District of Vanderhoof will revitalize the downtown area of Burrard Avenue from Columbia to Victoria Street. This is the fourth phase of the Vanderhoof downtown revitalization. The project is funded in partnership by the District of Vanderhoof, Western Economic Diversification (CEDI), and NKDF.
Burns Lake Native Development Corporation (BLNDC) proposed to purchase a remote controlled mini-airplane for the purpose of creating a cost-effective method to provide geo-referenced aerial photos along predetermined geographic position system (GPS) routes. BLNDC is conducting a study to determine the feasibility of a small social enterprise centred around bringing the innovative technology to the area.
Changes to Meat Inspection Regulations under the Food Safety Act (September 2007) meant that small-lot livestock producers in British Columbia would be left without a way to process their livestock. The goal of this project was to conduct the necessary research to produce a feasibility study for the different poultry processing options that would be practical for communities along the northwest Hwy 16 corridor from Vanderhoof through to Hazelton.
Gya'Wa'Tlaab Healing Centre Society is located in Kitamaat Village and has a mandate to help addicts who have failed other treatments. NKDF approved funding for a feasibility study to assist with determining and defining an economic case for the project. This project is a partnership involving Kitamaat Village Council and NKDF.
NKDF previously supported the Burns Lake Band for engineering and business planning for Phase I of the Gathering Place. The funding is to assist with preparing the architectural drawings and engineering documents for Phase III of the project, which is to renovate 3 meeting rooms (capacity 125 people). Other funding partners include the Burns Lake Community Forest Society and the Burns Lake Band.
The proponent first applied for assistance for upgrades to the Arena in October 2005 and was approved for $30,000 for improvements to the facility (including rubber flooring, installing roofs, painting, light bulbs, furnace, and floor scrubber). The project was successfully completed. This component of the project is to complete energy saving upgrades oriented toward lowering the cost of maintaining the facility including a refrigeration system, insulating gable ends, installing a new heating system, and improving the water supply. The project will be funded in partnership by NKDF, the Village of Burns Lake, and the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako.
The fair grounds are home to the annual agriculture fair, which has been ongoing for more than 60 years. This year, Lakes District Fall Fair Association (LDFFA) will build a barn for heavy horses and other stock as well as upgrade the addition of the exhibit hall by putting in a concrete floor, permanent lighting, and roughing in the plumbing. NKDF, COMFOR, and LDFFA will partner in funding this project.
Lakes Economic Development Association is approved for funding assistance with the downtown Burns Lake revitalization project. This project is comprised of creating and replacing the easterly and westerly 'Welcome to Burns Lake' community signs as well as adding a 3rd entrance sign south of town.
This project is a partnership made up of North Central Municipal Association (NCMA) and the BC Paraplegic Association (BCPA), supported by the BC Healthy Communities Initiative. The Measuring Up Initiative was created by the 2010 Legacies Now to encourage communities to self-evaluate on the issue of accessibility; it is a guide and process, no funding is provided for the process. The proponent was approved for a small portion of the project. Funds are to hire a Coordinator for 1 year and office and equipment costs.
This project first came to NKDF in November 2005 and was approved for $3,360 to assist with the completion of the planning and assessment. That part of the project was completed in May 2006 with the help of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). The proponent, Burns Lake Mountain Bike Association, was incorporated as a non-profit in August 2006. Through an impressive mix of funding, volunteer time, donated labour, equipment, materials and supplies, public recognition and political will, the stakeholders have now completed Phase I of the project. This approval is to assist with furthering the development of a world class standard mountain bike park in Burns Lake.
During the winter of 2006-2007 the Lakes communities experienced record breaking snowfalls, the weight of the snow collapsing buildings, downing power lines and trees from Houston through to Fort Fraser. As a result, there is a need to clean up massive amounts of woody debris on rights of ways, yards, roads, and hay meadows. With the help of NKDF funding assistance, Cheslatta Carrier First Nation will purchase a large capacity wood chipper and contract clean up jobs throughout the area. Once established, the operation will expand to include other types of work, such as tree trimming, pruning, and brush clean-up. The proponent will begin training workers as early as late May 2007 and begin working in the field in late June 2007.
NKDF approved funding assistance for capital costs for this project. The purpose of the project is to hire and train an archival assistant to go through files and determine what is worth keeping, create duplicate hard copies and digital copies, and purge all irrelevant information. The funding is for supplies, computer hardware and software, CD storage discs, photocopying, and fire proof file cabinets
NKDF approved funding to assist with the development of a business case for a marine ferry service between Kitamaat Village and a number of smaller, remote, coastal communities. The funding is to help with determining feasibility for the project.
This application originally came to NKDF in November 2005. At that time the application was declined, but the NKDF Board approved $5,000 for the proponent to conduct a study to determine feasibility. Lakes District Airport Society has now completed research and planning for the construction of a 2,560 square foot airport terminal building at the Baker Airport. The project includes construction, professional design, site preparation, septic upgrade, slab on grade foundation, framing, electrical, plumbing, finishing work, and landscaping.
After a grueling winter that left the facility in poor repair, NKDF approved funding assistance for improvements to the Community Hall in Grassy Plains, specifically repairs to the broken walkway, railings and overhead roof, and installation of a Plexiglas windbreak along the back deck. The Community Hall has been in existence almost 40 years and will continue to be maintained by the self-sustaining Grassy Plains Community Hall Association, largely supported through fundraisers and volunteer efforts.
The Village of Fraser Lake is planning a number of improvements to the local Recreation Facility. NKDF assisted with funding for the engineering for the project. Some short-term benefits will result from the construction phase of the project, but the enduring benefits will be the quality of life in the community, helping to attract and retain people, and spin off when user groups are brought into the community for sporting events.
The District of Vanderhoof will build the Vanderhoof Spirit Square with a park-like theme on Highway 16 West. Spirit Square will feature a number of displays, including: First Nations, bird and wildlife, walk of fame, agricultural and forestry. The project is co-funded by NKDF, the District of Vanderhoof, and the Province of British Columbia. It is intended to be an attraction, both for locals and for visitors to the area, providing short-term jobs during the construction phase and long term economic benefits through expenditures by visitors.
The purpose of this project is to conduct a Northwest Regional Destination Resort Gap Analysis, as well as identifying next steps for potential investors. The analysis will include carrying out a SWOT analysis and assessment of principle products and experiences, development of a strategy, recommendations for likely investment clusters, and a search for equity investors. The Ministry of Economic Development also provided funding assistance to this project.
The District of Vanderhoof will build the Vanderhoof Spirit Square with a park-like theme on Highway 16 West. Spirit Square will feature a number of displays, including First Nations, bird and wildlife, walk of fame, and agricultural and forestry. The project is co-funded by NKDF, the District of Vanderhoof, and the Province of British Columbia. It is intended to be an attraction, both for locals and for visitors to the area, providing short-term jobs during the construction phase and long term economic benefits through expenditures by visitors.
Kitamaat Village Council (KVC) plans to start a band-owned construction business to serve clients in Kitamaat Village and the greater Kitimat area. The purpose of the business is to: a) create meaningful employment opportunity for Haisla band members, and b) provide surpluses to KVC to use for sustainable capacity development, and c) serve as a demonstration project to model a business success for the community. The business will provide the following services: renovation and construction of earth-based structures, basements, drain tile and septic systems, retaining walls, driveways and ditching, culverts, and general site remediation. NKDF funding is to assist with the purchase of the needed equipment for the project. A key to this approval was the proponents commitment to invest any surpluses back into capacity building for Haisla Band members.
The purpose of this project is to create a lasting legacy to honour the memory of Mary John and to advance the goals she stood for. The proponent is creating The Mary John Collection comprised of books, audiovisuals, and a map and photo archive. The project will add to the economic base over the long term, both through the local educational and cultural component and through visits by non-local visitors to the area.
The Village of Burns Lake will develop a community waterfront park to create a passive and active recreation and meeting area for residents and visitors. Proponent has chosen the 2.5 acre property currently known as Nourse Park for this project. The project is planned to include a bandstand and seating area, an open grassy area, greenery, pathways, historical statues/art, and general amenities such as newly constructed washroom facilities, an irrigation system, lighting, and a concession stand. NKDF and the Village of Burns Lake will co-fund this first phase of the project, which includes the design, surveying, and testing.
In November 2006, the Northern BC Container Terminal Opportunity Study was completed and publicized. While the Container Study was comprehensive and informative, it did not focus on opportunities specifically for Aboriginal people. The proponent sought funding assistance from NKDF to complete an Aboriginal Companion Study. This project will serve to help communities acquire public and private investment, will help lead First Nations/Aboriginal workers to long-term job opportunities, and help promote economic activity throughout the investment area. This project is funded in partnership by NKDF, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, the Province of British Columbia, and the Aboriginal Business Development Centre.
Since it was first organized in 1944, the Library has moved and expanded a number of times to meet growing demands on its services. The Library serves more than 1600 patrons, including more than 100 from the Southside of Francois Lake. This contribution is for the purchase of shelving and installation of a lift to make the facility assessable to all patrons. Funding partners for this project include NKDF, the Burns Lake Public Library Association, and the Province of British Columbia Community Development Initiative.
The purpose of this project was to host a film festival during what is typically the non-tourist season for Vanderhoof, while showcasing the Nechako Valley recreational opportunities. After successfully showcasing films from the Toronto International Film Festival over a three-year period, the Sterling Sturgeon Film Festival was held over three days in February 2007. The economic benefits arise mainly from expenditures by visitors to the area and over the long term and through the increased awareness of what Vanderhoof has to offer.
Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako was approved to receive funding assistance to hire a consultant to complete a region-wide Asset Mapping Report. The project entailed gathering an inventory, categorizing and ranking assets, and discovering why people value some assets more than others in the region. The information is compiled into an easily updateable database format. The project was necessary to provide the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako communities with thorough baseline economic data, which the proponent sees as a precursor to building an economic development action plan. The Asset Mapping project is co-funded by NKDF and the Regional District of Bulkley- Nechako.
Southside Health & Wellness Centre offers basic public health services to clients in the Southside area. This project expanded those services to include an autoclave, a centrifuge, and an audiometer. The new equipment enables the proponent to perform and process blood work locally, for which the clients previously needed to travel outside the community. The equipment reduces the time needed for locals to travel away from Southside to get the medical services, as well as lowering the risk of traveling for medical reasons. The equipment will have a long-term positive impact on the quality of life in the Southside area. Funding partners for this project include the NKDF Society, the Cheslatta Community Forest Legacy, and Southside Health & Wellness Centre.
The purpose of the Northern Economic Forum 2006 was to put the most current industry specific, sectorial, and regional information in front of community/economic development practitioners in Northern BC. The two-day Forum took place in September 2006, attracting well over the anticipated 85 attendees, which included CED practitioners throughout the region and all of northern BC. NKDF contributed funding assistance toward facilitation and scribe costs for the event.
The purpose of this project was to develop communications infrastructure by installing telecommunication equipment needed to provide high speed Internet access to Fort Fraser and surrounding area. Fort Fraser Ambulance Society and East Francois Lake Volunteer Fire/Rescue were awarded Last-Mile Project Community Networking Infrastructure Grants by the Ministry of Labour and Citizens' Services. Project benefits include: increased communication for emergency services, increased participation in economic development opportunities, easier for local businesses to operate, increased ability for professionals to telecommute, better access to distance education, and increased interrelations between communities.
The goal of this project was to develop a comprehensive analysis of the cross-country ski opportunities in the Fraser Lake area. The feasibility study was created for the proponent, other trail user groups, various stakeholders, and potential partners in the Fraser Lake area. The Association members completed a thorough analysis to identify options prior to deciding whether to proceed with development of a property. A cross-country ski facility would help to make the community more attractive to residents and visitors to the area. This project was funded in partnership by NKDF and Casey Lake Cross-Country Ski Association.
The NKDF Society partnered with the District of Vanderhoof and the Province of British Columbia to rehabilitate Vanderhoof airport runway 07-25. Preceding this project, NKDF partnered with the District of Vanderhoof to complete an Airport Development Plan, which presented the proponent with a number of options to upgrade the airport. The project was and is fully supported by a number of business members and residents in the community. The airport is used by a broad range of user groups and is fundamental to economic opportunities in the Nechako region.
The purpose of this project was to undertake the preliminary phases of the research that the proponent believes will culminate in the development of a deep water break bulk port facility on the Kitimat waterfront. The project objectives include identifying regional products flows, identifying commodities and major shippers, surveying various shipping and handling technologies, developing conceptual transport systems, consulting with the major shippers, assessing the shipper’s infrastructure environment, and reviewing environmental issues at the port site. NKDF assisted with phase I of the project, which led to the creation of the Kitamaat Port Development Society.
North Pacific Music Festival Society is a new society formed to house the Music & Friends festival. After successful festivals during each of the previous two years, the Society members organized the one-day Music and Friends Festival 2006. The festival was successfully staged on July 22, 2006. The festival organizers are motivated to showcase the community as a summer tourism destination and to grow the event year after year, bringing social, cultural, and economic benefits to Kitamaat Village and area in the future. The event organization and implementation is done by volunteers, with a priority of contributing funds toward construction of Haisla Elder Care Facility.
The Village of Fraser Lake is planning a number of improvements to the local Recreation Facility. NKDF assisted with funding for the engineering for the project. Some short-term benefits will result from the construction phase of the project, but the enduring benefits will be the quality of life in the community, helping to attract and retain people, and spin off when user groups are brought into the community for sporting events.
The District of Vanderhoof upgraded the dressing rooms in the Memorial Arena. Constructed in 1975, there had been no major upgrades to the facility since the addition of a mezzanine in 1991. The expansion of the dressing rooms has helped to modernize the facility and allow for hosting of large scale tournaments and competitions in the areas of hockey, football, lacrosse, rugby, baseball, soccer as well as entertainment and tradeshows. The dressing rooms are accessible from the inside or outside of the facility, for mixed teams (male/female), and for use by handicapped athletes. The District of Vanderhoof and NKDF partnered in providing funding for this project.
The purpose of this project is to conduct swath grazing demonstrations for the cattle producers in the Nechako Valley. Swath grazing has become a viable management practice in the Peace River region of BC and throughout Alberta. This practice can be used to extend the grazing season and to reduce feed, labour, and manure handling costs for cattle producers. The swath grazing management practice involves seeding annual cereals in mid-May to early June and swathing the crop in late August to mid-September, when the crop reaches the soft to late dough stage and before killing frosts. The swaths are left in the field for the cattle to graze during the winter. The project provided four field scale demonstration projects in the Vanderhoof/Ft Fraser area, with four ranch operations utilizing swath grazing practices. The sites are spread throughout the Nechako Valley with the goal of using varied location and production factors.
NKDF Directors were impressed with the track record and community spirit of this group. This type of housing is not eligible for government funding (such as Independent Living BC) as the units are designed to be self-supporting with no services. With assistance from NKDF, Nechako View Senior Citizen's Home Society (NVSCHS) constructed new buildings, a 3-plex, a duplex, and a power building. The primary beneficiaries of this project will be the growing senior's population of Vanderhoof, and the local businesses and agencies that serve them.
This funding approval did not progress to the agreement stage and no funding was drawn due to a subsequent decision by the NKDFS Board.
The goal of this project was to purchase, renovate, and develop the property of the former Beaver Museum, which was already housing the local Farmers' Market. The building is used as a permanent location for: the SEDA office; Tourist Info Centre; Farmers' Market; Community Boardroom; and one Rental Unit. Located adjacent to the Southbank ferry terminal, the 1.78 acre parcel of prime lakeshore property is now used for parking space, picnic tables and rest area, and to offer gardens with local plants/flowers/berries and information about their edibility and use. NKDF is providing funding assistance for improvements to the property. The project was funded in partnership with NKDF, the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako, and Northern Development Initiative Trust.
The proponent is hosting a Community Arts Festival event as a step toward creating an Arts Council. While building on the strength of existing events such as the Lakes District Performing Arts Festival, the project is helping to meet the requirements to become an Arts Council, create a yearly event involving local residents, and encourage Aboriginal arts and culture awareness within the community. Artists are invited from all over the province to participate.
Burns Lake Native Development Corporation (BLNDC) hosted a two day Community Economic Development conference in Burns Lake called Exploring Our Options. The theme of the conference was to explore options for community economic development in Prince George, Nechako, and Lakes areas and for the local shareholder bands.
The Burns Lake Sports Center Association is a non-profit charitable organization that operates the Tom Forsyth Memorial Arena in Burns Lake. The Arena caters to at least 15 user groups and is host to 14 winter tournaments and 3 summer events, each event attracting approximately 160 visitors to the community. The goal of this project is to provide upgrades to the facility and purchase safety equipment for the Arena. Funding partners include Burns Lake Community Forest and the Corporation of the Village of Burns Lake.
The purpose of this project was to conduct a feasibility analysis to determine the viability of constructing a 2,500 sq. ft. terminal building at the Baker Airport (CYPZ). The airport currently has no heated facility for visitors or medical staff. Lakes District Airport Society (LDAS) plans to recover costs ongoing to operate and maintain the building through meeting room rental, membership increases, cafeteria lease, and office rental. The terminal building and the planned increase in service are necessary parts of the Lakes District economic diversification efforts, such as mining and tourism.
The purpose of the project is to assess, plan, design, educate, and promote a first class mountain biking/hybrid trail system in the Lakes District. The proponent engaged the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) to work with staff and stakeholders to complete phase one of designing and laying out the trail system. IMBA is highly reputable and recognized among mountain bikers for creating high calibre trail systems. This portion of the project is for the assessment and planning portion of the project.
The purpose of this project was to purchase equipment simulator technology and equipment for a new Forest Equipment Operators Program at the College of New Caledonia (CNC). After successful completion of a pilot session of the program with leased simulators, the applicant approached NKDF for assistance with the purchase of simulators. The funding assistance helped to reduce delivery costs and increase the accessibility to students by lowering tuition fees. The purchase of the simulators has enabled CNC to deliver the program a number times at different regional campuses, two of which are within the NKDF investment area (Burns Lake and Vanderhoof). This project has been strongly supported by industry and funding partners include the College of New Caledonia and Vancouver Foundation.
A number of BC's Coastal communities are exploring how they can enter the lucrative shellfish farming industry. In order to do so, the area waters must be tested for biotoxins and other contaminants to make sure the water quality is acceptable. North Coast Water Quality & Biotoxin Program Society (NCWQBPS) has successfully completed a two-year water-testing program near Kitamaat Village that could attract private investment in shellfish aquaculture. The purpose of this project was to continue the testing for one more year, but also to double the number of testing stations. NCWQBPS, the Society with the necessary expertise to design this project, is based in Prince Rupert, but they sub-contract the work to a Kitamaat-based crew. This project is a step toward removing a barrier to advancing shellfish development in the Haisla territory.
The purpose of this project was to complete an Arts and Cultural assessment, conducted by District of Vanderhoof in partnership with various arts and cultural groups in the Nechako area. Championed by the Spirit of BC Community Committee, the assessment was a necessary component in the overall goal of the 2010 Legacies Now, which is to "create a sustainable legacy that will benefit all British Columbians as a result of hosting the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games." Funding partners included the Arts Now 2010 Legacies Program and the District of Vanderhoof. The Art Scan project resulted in a Directory of cultural resources for the area as well as identifying economic and educational opportunities.
The purpose of this project was to create and install painted wooden welcome signs on Highway 16 to the east and west of Vanderhoof. The signs are approximately 6' X 11', and visible 24 hours per day with lighting. The District of Vanderhoof and NKDF each funded 50% of the project.
The purpose of this project was to assist with renovations to C’imo’ca Childcare Centre in Kitamaat Village. C’imo’ca provides the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youth (HIPPY) program to members of Haisla Nation. In order to create a healthy and effective environment for staff, parents and children, the centre required upgrades to the facility, including increasing the office space, removal of carpeting in the play area, increasing the kitchen area, closing off the infant/toddler washroom from the pubic, and the purchase of office equipment.
The goal of this project was to increase surgical services at St. John Hospital in Vanderhoof by purchasing arthroscopic surgical equipment and patient care monitoring systems. The applicant implemented a highly successful fundraising campaign to raise the majority of investment required for this project. This project brings economic benefit by increasing the number of operating room procedures possible per year, and by attracting business from outside the area. The project enhances the level of medical services to Vanderhoof, Endako, Fort Fraser, Fraser Lake, Ft. St. James, Nak'azdli, Tlazt'en, Stellat'en, Nadleh Whut'en, and Saik'uz.
This application was championed by the Soccer Club and managed by Village of Burns Lake. The purpose of the project was to construct a 10' X 20' 8" washroom facility. The property, owned by School District 91, is used by a variety of groups, including soccer, walking, handicap exercise, coach's clinics, search and rescue, bicycle riders, students, and dry-land hockey. Lack of a public washroom was a limiting factor to this property for the Burns Lake community.
As a part of its plan to develop a sustainable economic base, the Haisla First Nation has identified ecotourism and soft adventure tourism as a significant economic sector that will contribute to the First Nation's broader economic and community development goals. As a part of this strategy, the Haisla plan to build a high-end RV Park adjacent to the MK Bay Marina currently owned and operated by the District of Kitimat. The project is anticipated to benefit the Haisla people by providing employment for public works staff and community members to build the infrastructure and facilities, and on-going employment of an estimated 2-3 people to run the business. The approval was replaced by a subsequent decision by the NKDF Board.
The Southside community hosted a four-day event during late July 2005, attracting a large number of visitors and participants to the area. The Homesteader's Centennial event was the celebration of 100 years of non-aboriginal settlements on the Southside, while attracting visitors to the area and raising overall awareness about the Southside and what it has to offer. Funding partners for this project include the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako and Southside Economic Development Association (SEDA).
The Guide Outfitters Association of BC (GOABC) has featured a Professional Guide Outfitter Training School since 1968. The goal of the project is to train twelve adult students to work in the Guide Outfitting Industry, with all graduating students to be employed upon completion of the school. The training qualifies graduates to work as Guide Outfitters, Guides Assistants, or Wranglers. The NKDF funding was approved conditional to participants being selected from within the investment area. This project did not reach the agreement stage.
As a part of its plan to develop a sustainable economic base, the Haisla First Nation has identified ecotourism and soft adventure tourism as a significant economic sector that will contribute to the First Nation’s broader economic and community development goals. As a part of this strategy, the Haisla plan to build a high-end RV Park adjacent to the MK Bay Marina currently owned and operated by the District of Kitimat. The project is anticipated to benefit the Haisla people by providing employment for public works staff and community members to build the infrastructure and facilities, and on-going employment of an estimated 2-3 people to run the business.
This project involves completing construction of a new lodge at Ootsa Lake Bible Camp, approximately 50 km south of Burns Lake. The goals of the project included: increasing the capacity of the camp, improving access for seniors and handicapped groups, increasing the range of winter activities, and making the camp available for winter use by community groups. The only camp of its type in the area, the project is expected to increase visits and spending in the Southside communities. As well as the NKDF contribution, the remainder of the project will be funded primarily through the Society's private fundraising efforts and in-kind contributions. The Society completed the project by August 25, 2005 in time to celebrate its 50th anniversary.
The Burns Lake Band has taken possession of the old high school in Burns Lake and has begun phase one renovations. In March 2004, the Band was unsuccessful in its application for assistance with renovations. This project, which includes the development of a business plan and completion of the engineering studies, will help the Burns Lake Band clarify feasibility and remove barriers to project completion. Burns Lake Band and NKDF will each fund 50% of the costs for this project.
The proponent established a local radio station in Kitamaat Village, with the help of the Northern Native Broadcasting network. The purpose of the project was to create a communication vehicle that would pass on community news and notices, serve as an interactive vehicle for band members to communicate with public decision-makers, and allow cultural heritage programming with the objective of maintaining and revitalizing Haisla identity. NKDF provided funding for capital costs and Kitamaat Village Council provided the remainder of the funding for the project.
The Southside Volunteer Fire Department (SVFA) was incorporated in 1983 and provides fire protection for the communities on the south side of Francois Lake. With this project, the SVFA installed a 5,000-gallon water tank underground in the Grassy Plains area from which pumpers and the tanker can fill to provide a more efficient fire protection in the area. Donors to the project included: Lakes District Road Maintenance, Southside Health & Wellness Centre, Ondina Enterprises, Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako, Karen Blair, Jeff and Rhonda Giesbrecht, and Conrad Amendt Trucking Ltd.
This increases the previously approved grant to a total of $180,000 for this project. Restoring the historic wharf on Fraser Lake has been a high priority for the community for many years and fits in with the larger waterfront development plan. The completed wharf is expected to attract new private investment to the waterfront. NKDF directors were impressed by the strong community support and long term planning behind this project, but required that an engineering study be completed first to make sure the old pilings were usable. After a series of delays, the project finally got underway in the spring of 2005, with the pilings installed by the end of March. Funding partners include the Softwood Industry Community Economic Adjustment Initiative (SICEAI) and the Village of Fraser Lake.
The goal of this project is to promote and raise funds for the eventual building of the Haisla Cultural Governance Building. The project, a partnership between Na Na Kila Institute and the Haisla Totem Pole Committee, will include a small contingency of Haisla representatives to travel and meet with various funding agencies, with the goal of attracting funding for the building of the Haisla Cultural Governance Building. It is expected that the building, once created, will bring increased visitation and economic benefits to Kitamaat area and BC's northwest.
Since it was first organized in 1944, the Burns Lake Public Library has moved and expanded a number of times to meet growing demands on its services. The Library serves more than 1600 patrons, including more than 100 from the Southside of Francois Lake. This grant is to assist with the construction related to doubling the size of the library. Funding partners for this project include NKDF, the Burns Lake Public Library Association, and the Province of British Columbia Community Development Initiative.
This project, which included both an economic strategy and an infrastructure upgrade plan, was done in part to stimulate economic development at the airport. The Vanderhoof Airport has served the Stuart Nechako region since 1938. The District of Vanderhoof saw potential for an improved airport facility to play an important role in broadening the community's economic base. Project goals included: diversification of the local economy, upgrading the airport infrastructure, encouraging new businesses to locate at the airport, and assisting businesses currently using the airport to expand their services. The District of Vanderhoof and NKDF were contributors to this project.
Drilling a secondary well addresses water safety and health and fire protection concerns, all of which affect economic development prospects. NKDF approved this increase in funding for the purpose of including new equipment that increased the overall cost of getting the well to the operational stage.
Kitamaat Village Council and Haisla Fisheries Commission have established shellfish test sites with the intention of developing a shellfish business in the area. Due to the high salinity of the Douglas Channel, the sites must be located many miles from Kitamaat. The purpose of this project was to construct two additional rafts and purchase some necessary equipment for the project, including a suitable boat with which to safely access the experimental plots. Aside from safety, this project linked to economic development by making it possible for Haisla to compete for a variety of employment opportunities in the Kitamaat area, including research, fishery and forestry contracts.
In the summer of 2004, Aboriginal Business Development Centre (ABDC) organized and hosted an entrepreneurial training program for Aboriginal Youth aged 13 to 15. The camp was for youth interested in learning more about Aboriginal culture and entrepreneurship. NKDF provided the funding toward sponsorship of awards for entrepreneurial projects and towards the printing of T-shirts for graduate participants.
Cheslatta Carrier Nation constructed a building to house a carving shed. It is intended to provide a place for skilled artisans to do their work while remaining open for visitors. It offers a facility to showcase local Southside skills and talents. The project was funded in partnership by NKDF and Cheslatta Carrier Nation.
Lakes District Senior Citizen's Housing Association (LDSCHA) built a senior's housing complex in the Village of Burns Lake. The Association constructed 17 new units to meet increasing demand for senior's housing in the Burns Lake area. The tenants for the supportive housing project are mainly residents from the Lakes District Area who require hospitality and personal care supports, either seniors or adults with physical disabilities, which restrict them from living independently. Each unit is self-contained and wheelchair accessible.
Northwest Tribal Treaty Nations hosted two investment forums with the purpose of developing a Northern Region First Nation's Economic Strategy. One forum was held in Terrace and one in Smithers. The NKDF investment was specifically to encourage participation and support the travel costs to the Terrace forum for representatives of the NKDF investment area communities. No funding was drawn down for this project.
The goal of this project was to purchase SCUBA gear and provide the training for four Haisla members to become Certified Scuba Divers. The certification is designed to provide all the training, experience and gear necessary to put the graduates to work in the Scuba Diving profession and to capitalize on employment opportunities with Alcan, Eurocan, Forestry and Fisheries.
This project is comprised of installing a walking bridge over Stony Creek, using a 64' rail flatcar enhanced with guardrails. The footbridge will help extend the walking path from Riverside Park to the Vanderhoof Museum. Funding partners include the Vanderhoof Rotary Club, the BC Real Estate Foundation, and the District of Vanderhoof. Aside from the jobs created by the construction phase of the project, this project is expected to contribute economic benefits to the community by helping to make the area more attractive for visitors.
This project was identified as one of the priorities for development during a community priority-setting event in 1999. Spearheaded by a volunteer group (Vanderhoof Revitalization Committee) under the auspices of the District of Vanderhoof, the downtown revitalization project has made dramatic improvements to the business environment of the downtown core. Funding partners to date include the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, BC Hydro, and the District of Vanderhoof. One of the immediate outcomes of this project has been that several of the neighbouring businesses have upgraded their own properties to tie in with the improvements. This is a continuation of the first multi-year commitment made by NKDF.
This project was to assist with building capacity within the Haisla First Nation in the science and technical field, where lack of capacity has been an ongoing barrier. The project entailed a selected Haisla member with post-secondary science courses spending an allotted amount of time job shadowing with the Environmental Manager and time in Smithers working on various projects and learning the inner workings of the Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection. The funding is to pay for boat costs for the selected recipient’s travel to and from work sites.
This project built on the successes of 2003 and enabled the proponent to complete the installation of the caboose as a visitor reception area in 2004.
NKDF Directors approved this project to replace the food concession trailer at the Fall Fairgrounds. The building was completed in time for the September 2004 fair.
The BC Forage Council is a non-profit society funded by memberships and is the lead agency in BC for testing improved forage crops. This project will test forage varieties with the intention of increasing crop yield and profitability for Nechako and Francois Lake area farmers and ranchers. Other funding partners include the Cattle Industry Development Council, the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC, and partnerships with private industry, such as seed companies.
In Burns Lake, the Lakes Outdoor Recreation Society received funding assistance to put students to work in 2004 and build a new recreational trail that will attract and retain visitors.
The Nechako Senior Friendship Hall was built in 1975, mostly with BC Lottery funds. It serves as the main community hall and venue for most of Vanderhoof's major events, such as training and provincial and federal elections. Weather-damage to the roof was shortening the lifespan of the building.
This project involved having water and septic service installed at a popular recreational facility run by a non-profit society.
NKDF granted funding toward the construction four new senior's housing units. This type of housing was not eligible for government funding (such as Independent Living BC) as the units are designed to be self-supporting with no services.
This project was a trans-provincial marketing program with a long history of success. The NKDF partnered with the Province of BC on a one-time basis to finance the Northern BC portion of the marketing program for 2004.
NKDF funds were approved for the purpose of replacing ski rental and snow-grooming equipment at a publicly owned and operated ski hill in Fort St. James. Regional benefits included keeping skiers in the Vanderhoof area and increasing local wages and employment. This project was approved conditional to receiving the support of elected representatives of local communities in the NKDF investment area and on raising matching funds. Funding partners for the first $30,000 included the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako, Nechako Valley Credit Union, and the BC Gaming Commission.
This is an innovative project that sprang from the applicant's participation in a social enterprise workshop in Vancouver in September. They brought the lessons learned there into the northern service area, by means of a symposium and a 5-day workshop for the 12 most successful participants in the symposium. The goal of the symposium was to lead to a 'co-operative business venture' operated by Aboriginal youth (ages 19 to 29).
This project was approved to address the need for public discussion on several large proposals to the NKDF coming from Vanderhoof. The NKDF directors hoped that a good cross-section of the community would rank order the projects and thereby assist them in making decisions on which ones to fund. A community meeting took place in January 2004 with over 50 people attending. The outcome was several new project approvals for Vanderhoof and a helpful context for assessing future projects.
It has been a long-time dream of the Cheslatta Carrier Nation to restore, preserve, and professionally display documents, maps, and photos relating to first nations and pioneer history in the Francois / Ootsa Lake area. Creating this public legacy is one step towards a much larger project, which will see these historic pieces become the foundation of a collection to be displayed at the future Southside Museum and Interpretive Centre. The historical archives, when properly preserved and displayed, will attract paying visitors and will leverage additional funding from heritage agencies.
This project will result in a marketing strategy for all aspects of the Lakes District economy. It builds on two years of investments made by local, provincial, and federal governments. Funding partners for this phase are Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) and the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako.
Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) of Stuart Nechako lead this project with a purpose of helping communities and organizations throughout the region work collaboratively to develop a Regional Economic Development Strategy, whereby participants identify assets, opportunities, needs, and priorities toward developing and implementing plans to meet common regional goals and objectives.
This project creates the first and only outdoor gathering area in the village and will be used as a reception area for welcoming visitors and tours. A sheltered kiosk will serve as a vending area for local artisans and entrepreneurs.
This project has seen the negotiation of new partnerships and joint ventures for forest business development, creating prospects for significant employment for the Haisla people. The project builds on Alcan’s agreement to transfer forested land in Minette Bay to the Haisla Nation. Matching funding was from the Economic Measures Fund of BC’s Treaty Negotiation Office.
Kitamaat Village was well positioned to participate in BC's Northern Winter Games held in Kitimat in February 2004, but their gym urgently needed new flooring and the heating system needed repairs. The offer made by NKDF to cover those two costs unleashed a flurry of community spirit, where dozens of people of all ages showed up for weeks, dismantling the old floor and bleachers, painting all the walls and getting the new flooring installed just in time for the Games. The proud community and the new floor were featured in the television and newspaper coverage of the subsequent games. This 30-year old building serves as the only indoor recreation area for the school and the village as a whole. It is also used for training, political meetings, and large community gatherings. In its previous condition, it could not generate revenue nor be used year-round.
This project included training Haisla people in Eco-tourism, coaching them through the start-up of new small businesses, and improving infrastructure for eco-tourism and cultural tourism. This was the first time NKDF was asked to partner with private foundation funding, and the second funding partnership with Skeena Native Development Society.
This is the first project NKDF has funded in the Nee Tahi Buhn community. The activities focus on the business consulting, legal advice, and training that the community requires to enter the forestry business. The goal was to enable band members to work in as many aspects of the industry as possible, starting with Silviculture, driving trucks, and operating heavy equipment. The matching funds came from the Burns Lake Native Development Corporation.
Problems with the existing well led to situations where the community relied on river water for periods of up to 10 weeks. Drilling a secondary well addresses water safety and health and fire protection concerns, all of which affect economic development prospects.
After entering into a forestry venture, the Skin Tyee people identified the need for training in chainsaw safety, fire suppression, hazard recognition, and first aid. With NKDF paying for the training (mostly through the College of New Caledonia), ten people, once on social assistance, are now employable.
NKDF agreed to cover the price of tuition for one of SEDA's staff to complete the 'Community Economic Development for Professionals' Certificate program at Simon Fraser University. This removes barriers hampering the area's ability to design and manage projects and get proposals to NKDF and other funders.
The purpose of this project was to bring a wide range of interest groups together to discuss the Nechako region's training needs.
Fort Fraser hired several local students to manage this project in the summer of 2003. They cleaned up the highway and cemetery areas, planted flowers, and moved the caboose from private land to a more suitable visitor reception site. Other funding partners included Alcan Inc., the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako, and Human Resources Development Canada.
This project was approved on a one-time basis for the summer of 2003 to assist the Society to maintain trails and campsites once managed by the Ministry of Forests.
This funding will assist with repairs to the Nadleh Whut’en Community Hall. This is a heavily used 20-year old building, with the floor rotting out due to poor construction and water damage.
This project assists the community in preparing a needs assessment and business plan for all services required by seniors in the entire region, with particular attention to preparing an Expression of Interest to Independent Living BC.
The Takysie Lake Trail is a historical trail used by both first nations and the early pioneers to travel from Ootsa Lake to Takysie Lake and areas north. Local residents still use parts of this trail for hiking, horseback riding, and snowmobiling. The purpose of this project was to restore the entire length of the trail and then promote it for use by tourists and locals.
Restoring the historic wharf on Fraser Lake was a high priority for the community for many years and fits in with the larger waterfront development plan. The completed wharf is expected to help the Village in its efforts to attract new private investment to the waterfront. NKDF directors were impressed by the strong community support and long term planning behind this project but required that an engineering study be completed first to make sure that the old pilings were useable. Matching funds were provided by the Softwood Industry Community Economic Adjustment Initiative (SICEAI) and by the Fraser Lake taxpayers.
This project was identified as one of the priorities for development during a community priority-setting event in 1999. Spearheaded by a volunteer group (Vanderhoof Revitalization Committee) under the auspices of the District of Vanderhoof, the downtown revitalization project has made dramatic improvements to the business environment of the downtown core. Funding partners to date include the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and the District of Vanderhoof. One of the immediate outcomes of this project has been that several of the neighbouring businesses have upgraded their own properties to tie in with the improvements. This ambitious project was the first multi-year commitment made by NKDF.
The Cheslatta Carrier Nation was approved for funding assistance for the delivery of training of community leaders and managers of recently established joint-ventures in forestry.
Many of BC's Coastal communities are exploring how they can enter the lucrative shellfish farming industry. In order to do so, the area waters must be tested for biotoxins and other contaminants to make sure the water quality is acceptable. NKDF directors approved this funding for a two-year water-testing program near Kitamaat Village that could attract private investment in shellfish aquaculture. The Society with the required expertise to design this project is based in Prince Rupert, but they sub-contract the work to a Kitamaat-based crew and project manager.
The Ootsa Lake Community originally applied to the NKDF for support for a new water system in early 2000, but the proposal was rejected until the community members had fully explored all their options, firmed up the costs, and found more funding partners. Eighteen months later, the NKDF approved a much stronger proposal, involving a hill-top storage tank that gravity-feeds purified water to residents within a few kilometers.
This project was originally turned down in 2001-2002 for lack of matching funds and partnerships with the tourism industry. It was finally approved after those concerns were addressed. The project is being delivered in partnership with Community Futures Development Corporation of Stuart Nechako and with the membership of the tourism association. Grant money from NKDF was to pay a coordinator's part-time wages for one year while the tourism association built its membership, its marketing program, and its revenue base.
This project was to address needs for improved public safety, partly in response to the increased traffic and industrial activity associated with the 'beetle wood' harvest. When this project was approved, there was no local doctor, nor ambulance, and a reduction in Francois Lake Ferry service made it necessary to have locally-based emergency services. In partnership with the Southside Volunteer Fire Department, this project was successful in equipping and training six Southside residents to achieve Level 3 First Responders with spinal endorsement.
The project was funded in partnership with the Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Training Association with significant contributions of staff time from the proponent. It delivered entrepreneurial training for people aged 21 to 50 near their remotely located communities. Drawing participants from the Cheslatta Carrier, Skin Tyee, and Nee Tahi Buhn communities, the program resulted in ten graduates. The training introduced the students to computers, business planning, map and compassing, GPS, how to probe for pine beetles, how to estimate forestry project costs, and how to start a tourism business.
NKDF Directors were impressed with the level of community support for this project, which already had matching funds in place from the District of Vanderhoof, the Rotary Club, and the Nechako Valley Credit Union. Another factor in the approval of this project was that the District had committed to an annual maintenance budget of $8000. Once completed, this project added to the quality of life in Vanderhoof for residents and visitors by allowing evening use of walking trails in winter by reducing vandalism, improving safety, and increasing the range of activities that the park can be used for.
This project was to provide a forum in the Stuart-Nechako area.
The Ootsa Lake Community originally applied to NKDF for support for a new water system in early 2000, but the proposal was rejected until the community members had fully explored all their options, firmed up the costs, and found more funding partners. Eighteen months later, NKDF approved a much stronger proposal involving a hill-top storage tank that gravity-feeds purified water to residents within a few kilometers.
The Nechako Watershed Council (NWC) has been working since 1998 to resolve some of the watershed issues created by the Kenney Dam. One of the initiatives they are taking the lead on is the Cold Water Release Facility. The NWC recognized the complex environmental and economic assessments required for such a project and asked NKDF and the Northern Development Commission to share the costs of the first step: getting expert advice on what assessment methodology should be used. Economist Gary Holman was contracted and completed the report. The resulting product is being used to define the methodology of the next step, which is to do a systematic "Assessment and Evaluation of the Benefits of Cold Water Release." That 'AEB' document will be used in turn to raise $50 million of the estimated $100 million project costs ($50 million has already been committed by Alcan).
The Braeside Recreation Commission and its community hall serves a community of 400 in the rural area of Vanderhoof and has been providing a focus for community activities for 28 years. A comprehensive community needs survey done in 1998 concluded there was a need for a larger, more suitable, community gathering facility. After considering the evidence of community volunteerism and commitments from partners such as the BC Gaming Commission, the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako, and Alcan, the NKDF directors decided to assist with Phase 1 of this project (doors, insulation, sheeting, foundations, and electrical upgrades). The project provided an inspiring example of community participation with up to 15 volunteers at weekend work bees, and other residents providing food for the workers. In the final report, the Commission had tracked over 1600 volunteer hours and 80 equipment hours.
The marina is a focal point of the community, for traditional and commercial activities, but it was in urgent need of upgrades to meet the needs of modern fishing and tourism operators. This project brought electrical service, lights, fresh water, and new decking to the floats and wharf and is an excellent example of NKDF funds being used to improve public infrastructure to increase economic opportunity. Skeena Native Development Society paid for the labour and 16/37 Community Futures Development Corporation shared the capital costs with NKDF. 16/37 also approved a loan to enable the Harbour Authority to purchase a revenue-generating crane for moving freight between the boats and the wharf. The Village Council contributed the project management costs.
The volunteers of The Nechako Valley Historical Society (NVHS) have been managing a museum site with the help of local businesses and government since 1980. The land and buildings belong to the District of Vanderhoof, but the NVHS is responsible for the care and operation of the facilities. The directors of the society recognized a need to develop a business plan that would show them how to increase revenues, complete existing projects, and develop into a viable organization. They raised the required funding from NKDF and hired consultant Shirley Moon of 'Women @ Work' to survey residents and local non profit groups and to write the business plan. The outcomes of implementing the plan include increasing membership and attracting more income from tourists and other sources.
Funding assistance was approved to make improvements to this historical trail used by both the local First Nations and by the early pioneers. This project did not proceed due to conditions not being met.
This project was identified as one of the priorities for development during a community priority-setting event in 1999. Spearheaded by a volunteer group (Vanderhoof Revitalization Committee) under the auspices of the District of Vanderhoof, the downtown revitalization project has made dramatic improvements to the business environment of the downtown core. Funding partners to date include the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and the District of Vanderhoof. One of the immediate outcomes of this project has been that several of the neighbouring businesses have upgraded their own properties to tie in with the improvements. This ambitious project was the first multi-year commitment made by the NKDF.
This project was identified as one of the priorities for development during a community priority-setting event in 1999. Spearheaded by a volunteer group (Vanderhoof Revitalization Committee) under the auspices of the District of Vanderhoof, the downtown revitalization project has made dramatic improvements to the business environment of the downtown core. Funding partners to date include the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and the District of Vanderhoof. One of the immediate outcomes of this project has been that several of the neighbouring businesses have upgraded their own properties to tie in with the improvements. This ambitious project was the first multi-year commitment made by NKDF.
Funding assistance was to deliver a proposal writing workshop in Fort Fraser.
The purpose behind this day-long planning workshop was for regional tourism operators to come together and develop joint goals and a vision for the Association. The workshop took place in March 2001 with 20 participants representing many areas of the Stuart Nechako region. The group formed a list of common goals and a common vision.
Funding assistance was to complete an assessment of the training needs of the volunteer organizations in Fort Fraser, Nautley, and Fraser Lake.
The Wistaria Hall was built in 1925 and since that time has been an integral part of community life for many rural-dwelling families on the south side of Burns Lake. The hall had been without a potable water system, so 'good' water had to be brought in for events. Water for washing and the washrooms was hauled by truck to a holding tank. The purpose of this Society-supported project was to drill a well to provide a convenient source of 'good' water. This project was approved in the 1999-2000 fiscal year in the amount of $9000 (all of which was expended). Well drilling commenced at the end of April 2000. However, at 370 feet, there was no appreciable water even though the area had been 'witched'. Tweedsmuir Recreation Commission then approached NKDF to fund, in part, the digging of an additional 100 feet. This request was approved in June 2000. However, the additional depth made no difference (at only 6 gallons/hour, the water in the well was probably just seepage), and the well was capped. Unfortunately, this project was another reminder of the challenges of northern rural living!
Ootsa Lake Bible Camp began in 1956 and its main purpose is to give children and youth an opportunity to make new friends, learn life skills and to become acquainted with their Creator. One of the purposes behind the new and expanded lodge is that more programs can be added for special needs groups such as seniors, families, and people with disabilities. In addition, the camp is available to any local community group for retreats, training, and entertainment. It is a focal point of the rural Ootsa community. The goal of its Board of Directors is to have the new 10-bedroom lodge completed in 2002. The new lodge is to have washroom facilities on all floors, recreation / meeting room in the basement, a large meeting/dining room on the main floor, and a full kitchen. It will be wheel-chair accessible and useable year-round. Application was made to NKDF for participation in part of the construction costs.
The Wistaria Hall was built in 1925 and since that time has been an integral part of community life for many rural-dwelling families on the south side of Burns Lake. The hall had been without a potable water system, so 'good' water had to be brought in for events. Water for washing and the washrooms was hauled by truck to a holding tank. The purpose of this Society-supported project was to drill a well to provide a convenient source of 'good' water. This project was approved in the 1999-2000 fiscal year in the amount of $9000 (all of which was expended). Well drilling commenced at the end of April 2000. However, at 370 feet, there was no appreciable water even though the area had been 'witched'. Tweedsmuir Recreation Commission then approached NKDF to fund, in part, the digging of an additional 100 feet. This request was approved in June 2000. However, the additional depth made no difference (at only 6 gallons/hour, the water in the well was probably just seepage), and the well was capped. Unfortunately this project was another reminder of the challenges of northern rural living!
This project covers phase one of a long-term goal to develop a commercial sector in Kitamaat Village and has been identified as the main development priority of the community. There is no area in the village suitable for individual commercial ventures, and the capital costs required to develop land discourages individual entrepreneurs from coming forward. The design phase includes the drafting of a master land use plan and assessments by geotechnical, hydrotechnical, and environmental consultants, and the completion of a detailed design of the Wathl Creek Commercial Area.
The purpose of this project was to promote and coordinate a Regional Tourism Conference and Trade Show in March 2000.
Funding was approved to provide assistance for the proponent to organize and hold the Touch Wood 2000 Forum in May 2000.
Funding assistance was approved for the purpose of providing a proposal writing workshop.

TOTAL funded $10,110,837.00

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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, Trade and Technology.

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