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Vanderhoof Chamber of Commerce Proposal Writing workshop $1,019 Nov 25, 1999
Funding assistance was approved for the purpose of providing a proposal writing workshop.
Vanderhoof Specialty Wood Products Wood Forum 2000 $15,000 Dec 1, 1999
Funding was approved to provide assistance for the proponent to organize and hold the Touch Wood 2000 Forum in May 2000.
CFDC Stuart Nechako Regional Tourism Conference $13,002 Jan 19, 2000
The purpose of this project was to promote and coordinate a Regional Tourism Conference and Trade Show in March 2000.
Kitamaat Village Council Commercial Site Development $10,000 Mar 21, 2000
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. Kitamaat Village Council experienced some major delays (originally approved in March 2000) with this project due largely to questions about the ownership of a portion of the land included in the project, and difficulty in securing substantial contributing funds.
Tweedsmuir Recreation Commission Wistaria Hall Well $9,000 Apr 1, 2000
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 NKDFS 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 Society Lodge Upgrade $9,000 May 17, 2000
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, 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 part 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 the NKDFS for participation in part of the construction costs.
Tweedsmuir Rec. Commission Wistaria Well (extra drilling) $1,449 Jun 30, 2000
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 NKDFS 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!
Fort Fraser Chamber of Commerce Training Needs Assessment $500 Jul 26, 2000
Funding assistance was to complete an assessment of the training needs of the volunteer organizations in Fort Fraser, Nautley and Fraser Lake.
Heart of BC Tourism Association Strategic Planning Workshop $750 Jan 1, 2001
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.
Fort Fraser Chamber of Commerce Proposal-writing Workshop $835 Jan 26, 2001
Funding assistance was to deliver a proposal writing workshop in Fort Fraser.
District of Vanderhoof Downtown Revitalization $125,000 Mar 21, 2001
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.
District of Vanderhoof Downtown Revitalization $125,000 Apr 21, 2001
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.
Braeside Recreation Commission Braeside Hall Upgrade $10,000 Jul 25, 2001
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.
Fraser Basin Council (NWC) Cold Water Release Methods $1,500 Jul 25, 2001
The Nechako Watershed Council 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 the 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).
Kitamaat Village Council Kitamaat Dock Improvement $115,706 Jul 25, 2001
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.
Nechako Valley Historical Society 5 Year plan development $5,000 Jul 25, 2001
The volunteers of The Nechako Valley Historical Society 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.
Southside Economic Dev't Association Bella Coola Trail Rehabilitation $18,000 Jul 25, 2001
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.
Ootsa Lake Community Water Society Water System $126,100 Sep 19, 2001
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 kilometres.
CFDC Stuart-Nechako Forum / Conference $2,185 Jan 14, 2002
This project was to provide a forum in the Stuart-Nechako area.
Burns Lake Native Development Corp. Entrepreneurial Training $38,000 Mar 27, 2002
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.
District of Vanderhoof Riverside Park Lighting $77,250 Mar 27, 2002
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, by improving safety, and by increasing the range of activities that the park can be used for.
Heart of BC Tourism Association Coordinated Projects $16,800 May 15, 2002
This project was originally turned down in 2001-2002 for lack of matching funds and partnerships with the tourism industry, and 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 the 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.
Southside Economic Dev't Association First Responder Training $9,000 May 15, 2002
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.
Ootsa Lake Community Water Society Water System Engineering $18,395 Oct 31, 2002
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 kilometres.
Cheslatta-Carrier Nation Org. Dev't Phase 1 $10,000 Mar 13, 2003
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.
North Coast Biotoxin Society Kitamaat Water Testing (1) $65,000 Mar 13, 2003
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.
District of Vanderhoof Downtown Revitalization $125,000 Apr 1, 2003
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.
College of New Caledonia Focus Groups $4,000 May 21, 2003
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 Chamber of Commerce Summer Tourism Project $10,000 May 21, 2003
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.
Lakes Outdoor Recreation Society Campsite maintenance $5,000 May 21, 2003
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.
Nadleh Whut'en First Nation Repairs to community hall $25,000 May 21, 2003
The community hall is the Haisla's center of business and as such, it is in constant use for public meetings, training and fundraising events. NKDF directors approved assistance toward essential repairs to the flooring of the community hall. Matching funds were in the form of donated labour and equipment.
Nechako Valley Community Services Planning for Seniors $11,000 May 21, 2003
This project assists the community in preparing a needs assessment and business plan for all services required by seniors in entire region, with particular attention to preparing an Expression of Interest to Independent Living BC.
Southside Economic Dev't Association Takysie Trails & Canoe Route $26,500 May 21, 2003
The Takysie Lake Trail is an 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.
Village of Fraser Lake Wharf Construction $100,000 May 21, 2003
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 afforts 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. Matching funds were provided by the Softwood Industry Community Economic Adjustment Initiative (SICEAI) and by the Fraser Lake taxpayers.
Burns Lake & District Ec Dev Ass. Regional Marketing Plan $25,000 Jul 24, 2003
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 HRDC and the Regional District of Bulkley Nechako.
CFDC-Stuart Nechako Regional Ec Dev Initiative $27,000 Jul 24, 2003
Community Futures Development Corporation 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.
Kitamaat Education Society Community Park and Kiosk $45,000 Jul 24, 2003
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 serve as a vending area for local artisans and entrepreneurs.
Kitamaat Village Council Ja Kwees Foresty Dev't $25,000 Jul 24, 2003
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 the 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.
Na na kila Institute (Kitamaat) Community Hall Upgrade $163,000 Jul 24, 2003
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 the 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.
Na na kila Institute (Kitamaat) Community Dev't Projects $64,300 Jul 24, 2003
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 been asked to partner with private foundation funding and the second funding partnership with Skeena Native Development Society.
Nee Tahi Buhn First Nation Forest Business Dev't $60,000 Jul 24, 2003
This is the first project the NKDF has funded in the Nee Tahi Buhn community. The activities focus on the business consulting, legal advice and training 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.
Regional District of Bulkley Nechako Fort Fraser Water Upgrade $53,000 Jul 24, 2003
Fort Fraser requested funding for a secondary well from the NKDF and from the Canada BC Infrastructure program. 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, health and fire protection concerns, all of which affect economic development prospects. NKDF directors finally approved 50% funding for this project after the Canada-BC Infrastructure turned it down, and after it became apparent that this project was consistently Fort Fraser's highest priority project.
Skin Tyee First Nation Forestry Training $15,000 Jul 24, 2003
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 the NKDF paying for the training (mostly through the College of New Caledonia), ten people once on social assistance are now employable.
Southside Economic Dev't Association CED Training $4,000 Jul 24, 2003
The 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 remove barriers hampering the area's ability to design and manage projects and get proposals to the NKDF and other funders.
Cheslatta-Carrier Nation Archive Protection $16,250 Oct 1, 2003
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.
Fort St. James Ski Hill Ski Equipment and Groomer $65,000 Nov 19, 2003
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, 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.
Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Training Co-op Enterprise Workshop $10,000 Nov 19, 2003
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).
Vanderhoof Chamber of Commerce Priority Setting Workshop $556 Nov 19, 2003
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.
BC Forage Council Forage Crop Trials $50,400 Feb 10, 2004
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 for 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.
Lakes Outdoor Recreation Society Star Lake Trail $11,200 Feb 10, 2004
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.
Nechako Seniors Friendship Club #93 Roof Replacement $15,891 Feb 10, 2004
The Nechako Senior's 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.
Nechako Valley Sporting Association Water & Septic to Clubhouse $8,000 Feb 10, 2004
This project involved having water and septic service installed at a popular recreational facility run by a non-profit society.
Nechako View Seniors Housing Seniors Housing Project 2004 $100,000 Feb 10, 2004
After being turned down twice, this proponent made a final submission with very convincing evidence that keeping seniors in the community is a significant economic driver for the Nechako area. A public meeting in Vanderhoof in January 2004 also demonstrated strong support for this project. NKDF directors were impressed with the track record and community spirit of this group and decided to support 50% of the costs to construct 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.
Yellowhead Highway Association Regional Marketing $7,500 Feb 10, 2004
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.
Fort Fraser Chamber of Commerce Caboose Site Improvements $4,500 Mar 24, 2004
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.
Lakes District Fall Fair Association Food Concession Building $20,000 Mar 24, 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.
District of Vanderhoof Downtown Revitalization $295,000 May 20, 2004
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 the NKDF.
Kitamaat Village Council Marine Field Work $4,800 May 20, 2004
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.
Vanderhoof Rotary Club Trail Bridge $7,500 May 21, 2004
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 benefit to the community by helping to make the area more attractive for visitors.
Kitamaat Village Council SCUBA Training $32,600 Jun 11, 2004
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 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. The project did not reach the agreement stage as conditions were not met.
Aboriginal Business Development Centre Youth Entrepreneur Camp $1,500 Jul 21, 2004
In the summer of 2004, 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 Carving Shed $60,000 Jul 21, 2004
Cheslatta Carrier Nation constructed a building to house a carving shed. It is intended to provide a place for skilled artisans for 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 Sr Citizen's Housing Assn Seniors Housing Project $100,000 Jul 21, 2004
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 Investment Capital Forum $9,000 Jul 21, 2004
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 the 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.
Haisla Fisheries Commission Shellfish & Fisheries Project $56,000 Sep 21, 2004
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.
Burns Lake Public Library Association Library Expansion $100,000 Nov 23, 2004
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.
District of Vanderhoof Airport Development Plan $15,000 Nov 23, 2004
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 NKDFS were contributors to this project.
Regional District of Bulkley Nechako Fort Fraser Water Upgrade $13,750 Nov 23, 2004
Drilling a secondary well addresses water safety, 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.
Na na kila Institute (Kitamaat) Haisla Building Promotion $49,000 Dec 6, 2004
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.
Village of Fraser Lake Wharf Construction $80,000 Jan 25, 2005
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.
Burns Lake Band Gathering Place $34,979 Feb 16, 2005
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.
Kitamaat Village Council Haisla Radio Station $21,430 Feb 16, 2005
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.
Southside Volunteer Fire Department Underground Water Tank $11,400 Feb 16, 2005
The Southside Volunteer Fire Department was incorporated 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.
Guide Outfitter's Association of BC Guide Outfitter's School $10,000 Mar 21, 2005
The 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.
Kitamaat Village Council RV Park Planning $35,000 Mar 21, 2005
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 funding for the project.
Ootsa Lake Bible Camp Society New Lodge Construction $50,000 Mar 21, 2005
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 expects 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.
Kitamaat Village Council RV Park Business Plan $25,000 May 25, 2005
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.
Southside Economic Dev't Association Homesteader's Centennial $3,000 May 25, 2005
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 SEDA.
District of Vanderhoof Art Scan $4,000 Jul 27, 2005
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.
District of Vanderhoof Community Signs $30,000 Jul 27, 2005
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 esthetic in design, approximately 6' X 11', and visible 24 hours per day with lighting. The District of Vanderhoof and NKDFS each funded 50% of the project.
Kitamaat Village Council Haisla HIPPY Renovations $15,000 Jul 27, 2005
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 RV Park concept proved not to be feasible; the project did not go as far as completing a business plan.
St. John Hospital Auxiliary Society Operating Room Enhancement $15,000 Jul 27, 2005
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 and 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.
Village of Burns Lake Washroom Facility $15,235 Jul 27, 2005
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.
College of New Caledonia Forest Equipment Program $98,000 Sep 21, 2005
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. 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.
North Coast Biotoxin Society Kitamaat Water Testing (2) $23,600 Sep 21, 2005
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. 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.
Burns Lake Arts & Culture Committee Community Arts Festival $7,305 Nov 16, 2005
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 Corp. Economic Dev't Conference $3,350 Nov 16, 2005
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.
Burns Lake Sport Centre Association Tom Forsyth Memorial Arena $30,000 Nov 16, 2005
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, 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.
Lakes District Airport Society Feasibilty Study $5,000 Nov 16, 2005
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. 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.
Let's Enhance & Develop Society Hybrid Trail Systems $3,360 Nov 16, 2005
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 the project.
Southside Economic Dev't Association Purchase of Beaver Museum $73,092 Jan 23, 2006
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 NKDFS, the Regional District of Bulkley Nechako, and Northern Development Initiative Trust.
District of Vanderhoof Memorial Arena Dressing Room $100,000 Mar 29, 2006
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 and in addition, 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 NKDFS partnered in providing funding for this project.
Nechako Valley Regional Cattlemen Assn Swath Grazing Demonstrations $15,920 Mar 29, 2006
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.
Nechako View Seniors Housing Seniors Housing Project 2006 $100,000 Mar 29, 2006
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, 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.
North Coast Biotoxin Society Kitamaat Water Testing (2) $56,307 Mar 29, 2006
This funding approval did not progress to the agreement stage and no funding was drawn, due to a subsequent decision by the NKDFS Board.
District of Vanderhoof Airport Rehab $200,000 May 29, 2006
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.
Kitamaat Village Council Port Development $50,000 May 29, 2006
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 purchase of office equipment.
North Pacific Music Festival Society Music & Friends 2006 $19,500 May 29, 2006
North Pacific Music Festival Society is a newly 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.
Village of Fraser Lake Arena Upgrade $50,000 May 29, 2006
The Village of Fraser Lake is planning a number of improvements to the local Recreation Facility. The 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.
Casey Lake Cross-Country Ski Assn. Feasibilty Study $4,000 May 30, 2006
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 the NKDF and Casey Lake Cross-Country Ski Association.
Fraser Lake & Dist Rebroadcasting Society Last Mile Internet $25,000 Aug 2, 2006
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.
CFDC Fraser Ft. George Northern Economic Forum $1,500 Sep 8, 2006
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. The NKDF contributed funding assistance toward facilitation and scribe costs for the event.
Burns Lake Public Library Association Library Expansion (2) $55,000 Nov 22, 2006
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 the NKDF, the Burns Lake Public Library Association and the Province of British Columbia Community Development Initiative.
Reel Alternatives Vanderhoof Society Film Festival $4,130 Nov 22, 2006
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 Asset Mapping $11,900 Nov 22, 2006
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 regional. 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 the NKDF and the Regional District of Bulkley Nechako.
Southside Health & Wellness Centre Medical Equipment $5,000 Nov 22, 2006
Southside Health & Wellness Centre offers basic public health services to clients in the Southside area. This project expanded those services to include and 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.
Aboriginal Business Development Centre Container Study $10,000 Jan 30, 2007
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 the NKDF, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, The Province of British Columbia and the Aboriginal Business Development Centre.
CFDC Nadina Resort Gap Analysis $7,500 Mar 27, 2007
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.
District of Vanderhoof Heritage Park (2007) $45,983 Mar 27, 2007
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 the 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 Haisla Construction $69,237 Mar 27, 2007
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.
Vanderhoof Public Library Mary John Collection $18,650 Mar 27, 2007
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.
Village of Burns Lake Spirit Square (1) $22,600 Mar 27, 2007
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.
District of Vanderhoof Heritage Park (2008) $74,017 Apr 1, 2007
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 the 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.
BC Paraplegic Assn./NCMA Measuring Up The North $7,500 May 23, 2007
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.
Burns Lake Mountian Biking Assn. Bike Park $50,000 May 23, 2007
This project first came to NKDFS 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 Assn. (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.
Cheslatta Carrier Nation Wood Chipper $29,550 May 23, 2007
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 NKDFS 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 to begin working in the field in late June 2007.
Kitamaat Village Council Haisla Archival $20,100 May 23, 2007
Kitamaat Village Council 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.
Kitamaat Village Council Marine Shipping Lines $10,000 May 23, 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, determine what's 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
Lakes District Airport Society Baker Terminal Building $100,000 May 23, 2007
This application originally came to NKDFS in November 2005. At that time the application was declined, but the NKDF Board instead approved $5,000 for the proponent to conduct 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.
Southside Economic Development Assn. Grassy Plains Hall $3,000 May 23, 2007
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, has been and will continue to be maintained by the self-sustaining Grassy Plains Community Hall Association, largely supported through fundraisers and volunteer efforts.
Village of Fraser Lake Arena Upgrade (2) $100,000 May 23, 2007
The Village of Fraser Lake is planning a number of improvements to the local Recreation Facility. The 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.
Burns Lake Band Community House $22,000 Jul 19, 2007
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.
Burns Lake Sport Centre Association Arena Energy Saving $25,240 Jul 19, 2007
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, install 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 NKDFS, the Village of Burns Lake and the Regional District of Bulkley Nechako.
Lakes District Fall Fair Association Fall Fair Building Upgrades $22,140 Jul 19, 2007
The fair grounds are home to the annual agriculture fair, which has been ongoing for more than 60 years. This year, 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 Assn. Community Signs $15,000 Jul 19, 2007
Lakes Economic Development Association is approved for funding assistance with this downtown Burns Lake revitalization project, comprised of creating and replacing the easterly and westerly 'Welcome to Burns Lake' community signs, as well as adding a 3rd entrance sign south to town.
Burns Lake Native Development Corp. CropCam Feasibility $1,000 Oct 2, 2007
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 feasibility of a small social enterprise centred around bringing the innovative technology to the area.
CFDC Nadina Poultry Processing Feasibility $3,250 Oct 2, 2007
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 Feasibilty Study $5,000 Oct 2, 2007
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.
Burns Lake Native Development Corp. Block Processing Plant $29,340 Dec 18, 2007
The purpose of this project is to train local workers for employment in a block processing plant owned by BLNDC. During the start-up phase of the operation, workers will receive OFA, Transportation Endorsement, Safety and transitional on-the-job training, This project is funding in partnership by NKDF, BLNDC and PGNAETA.
District of Vanderhoof Sportfield & Stadium $50,000 Dec 18, 2007
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.
District of Vanderhoof Downtown Revitalization '08 $50,000 Dec 18, 2007
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.
District of Vanderhoof Interpretive Centre Feasibility $10,000 Jan 28, 2008
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.
Nechako Valley Historical Society OK Cafe Renovation (1) $25,000 Jan 29, 2008
The project involves renovations and upgrades to a historic building that serves as an anchor for the Nechako Valley Historical Society, 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 Southside Development $40,000 Jan 29, 2008
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.
CFDC Fraser Ft. George EDABC 2008 Conference $2,500 Mar 25, 2008
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.
Regional District of Bulkley Nechako Fort Fraser Beautification $5,880 Mar 25, 2008
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, UBCM, and NKDF.
Village of Burns Lake Spirit Square (2) $30,000 Mar 25, 2008
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.
District of Vanderhoof Sportfield & Stadium $70,000 Apr 1, 2008
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.
District of Vanderhoof Downtown Revitalization '08 $38,000 Apr 1, 2008
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.
Fort St. James Ski Hill Murray Ridge Redevelopment $40,000 Apr 1, 2008
In partnership with the District of FSJ, the ski club created and will implement a 2007-2008 Redevelopment Plan. NKDF approved funding assistance for a well and water system, marketing, and 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.
Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Grassroots Development 2008-2009 $10,000 Apr 1, 2008
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.
BC Forage Council New Crop Trials $8,000 May 28, 2008
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.
Cheslatta-Carrier Nation Film (1) $16,000 May 28, 2008
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.
Nechako Valley Historical Society OK Cafe Renovation (2) $60,000 May 28, 2008
The project involves renovations and upgrades to a historic building that serves as an anchor for the Nechako Valley Historical Society, 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.
Village of Burns Lake Spirit Square (3) $103,905 May 28, 2008
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.
Burns Lake & Dist Chamber of Commerce Electronic Signs $10,000 Jul 23, 2008
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.
CFDC Stuart Nechako CFDC Fall Conference 2008 $2,500 Jul 23, 2008
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 attraction and retention of human recources. NKDF has approved funding toward the cost for speakers.
Kitamaat Village Council Haisla Tourism $61,938 Jul 23, 2008
NKDF approved funding to assist with of 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.
Nechako View Seniors Housing Seniors Housing Project 2008 $75,000 Jul 23, 2008
After successful completion of two prior construction projects and the addition of several senior's housing units to the Vanderhoof community, NVSCHS is approved to receive funding assistance to construct 8 more affordable housing units to 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.
District of Vanderhoof Airport Lighting and Navigation $50,000 Oct 15, 2008
The District of Vanderhoof proposes to increase the economic stability and quality of life of 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 Community Organics $26,247 Oct 15, 2008
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.
Southside Health & Wellness Centre Emergency Generator $44,600 Oct 15, 2008
Power interruption is a frequent and often prolonged occurrence for Southside residents. SH&WC 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 Waterline $5,300 Oct 15, 2008
Southside Volunteer Fire Dept 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.
Omineca Ski Club Biathlon Range $44,100 Mar 24, 2009
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 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.
Stellat'en First Nation Wind Energy Evaluation-Ph. 1 $54,000 Mar 24, 2009
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 INAC.
Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Grassroots Development 2009-2010 $10,000 Apr 2, 2009
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.
Kitamaat Village Council Heritage Corridor $56,921 May 20, 2009
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, to test different tourism packages, to fine-tune the tourism offering, and to implement the business plan.
Lakes District Fall Fair Association Fall Fair Building Upgrades '09 $27,482 May 20, 2009
The fair grounds are home to the annual agriculture fair, which has been going for more than 60 years. 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 Bike Skills Park $50,000 May 20, 2009
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, totalling 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.
Kitamaat Village Council Haisla Admin Bldg Landscaping $79,876 Jul 21, 2009
In 2008, KVC 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 admin building.
Kitamaat Village Council Soccer Field $80,000 Jul 21, 2009
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 Recreation Centre Retrofit $100,000 Jul 21, 2009
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 First Nation Nadleh Film $9,789 Jul 21, 2009
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.
Regional District of Bulkley Nechako Tom Forsyth Arena Upgrades $43,926 Jul 21, 2009
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 Society Recreation Upgrade $30,000 Jul 21, 2009
Upper Nechako Wilderness Council 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 RDBC 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 Society Sign Installation $7,802 Jul 21, 2009
Upper Nechako Wilderness Council 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 RDBC and WED (CEDI), UNWC created a marketing strategy. UNWC has been approved for funding assistance with installing signage throughout the Upper Nechako region.
Cheslatta Carrier Nation Chief Louie Paddle Company $95,000 Oct 7, 2009
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 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 Artisan Centre Feasibility $2,500 Oct 7, 2009
Lakes District Arts Council (LDAC) was approved for funding assistance to hire a consultant to determine the possibility for 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 Tourism Attraction $4,000 Oct 7, 2009
Regional District of Bulkley Nechako 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 our website; and Preparing business information for inclusion in the RDBN Mining Web Portal.
Regional District of Bulkley Nechako Legion Kitchen Renovations $17,000 Oct 7, 2009
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 Independent Housing $35,000 Oct 7, 2009
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.
Cheslatta-Carrier Nation Film (2) $12,000 Jan 26, 2010
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 Ferland Spray Park $37,500 Jan 26, 2010
District of Vanderhoof is seeking funding to assist with 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, 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, school 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 Arena Renovation $6,602 Jan 26, 2010
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 activities ongoing, 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.
Kitamaat Village Council Kitamaat Village Beautification $23,000 Mar 23, 2010
Kitamaat Village Council was approved for funds to assist with a two-part project in Kitamaat Village, to build 4 bus shelters and a grave digging shed at the grave yard. The project will employ Haisla members to build the shelters.
Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Grassroots Development 2010-2011 $10,000 May 19, 2010
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.
Regional District of Bulkley Nechako Kinette Park Revitalization $20,000 May 19, 2010
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 all ages 1 to 12, accessible soft surfacing and landscaping.
Southside Economic Dev't Association Southside Nature Path $1,860 May 19, 2010
In January 2006 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 info and photos of all existing plants, constructing and erecting interpretive signage (60-80 individual markers, 2 8'x4 signs, double sided, and creation of a brochure.
Burns Lake Mountian Biking Assn. Finishing the Vision $13,953 Jul 27, 2010
This project first came to NKDFS 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 Assn. (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 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.
Eagle Creek Recreation Commission Growing for the Future $34,086 Jul 27, 2010
The Lakes District Fall Fair grounds are home to the annual agriculture fair, which has been ongoing for more than 60 years. 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, with construction of a first aid / office building. This funding approval is for assistance with upgrades to the PERKA building, 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 Kitchen & Bathroom Renovation $3,500 Jul 27, 2010
Nechako Valley Exhibition Society's main project each year is hosting the Nechako Valley Exhibition held each August. This year's event is planned 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.
Nechako View Seniors Housing Seniors Housing Project 2010 $75,000 Jul 27, 2010
After successful completion of three prior construction projects and the addition of several senior's housing units to the Vanderhoof community, NVSCHS is approved to receive funding assistance to construct construction of another 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 Assn. Rescue Vehicle $35,000 Jul 27, 2010
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 fuelled 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.
Key'ikh Wela'ats'in'ekh Society Ball Field Restoration $25,510 Oct 7, 2010
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 construction of a concession stand and bathrooms, bleachers, and an announcer's booth.
Reel Alternatives Vanderhoof Society Digital 2010 $1,700 Oct 7, 2010
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 SS) 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 Bike Skills Park - Drainage $5,593 Oct 7, 2010
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 Assn. Rescue Vehicle $40,000 Oct 7, 2010
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 fuelled 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.
CFDC Nadina Enterprising Artisans $56,250 Jan 27, 2011
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 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.
College of New Caledonia-Nechako Flight Training Simulators $16,200 Jan 27, 2011
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 Francois Hall Modernization $34,970 Jan 27, 2011
FTRC, the administrator for the Francois Lake Hall, plans to complete much needed upgrades to the Hall, which was built in 1916 and hasn't had much attention since. NKDF approved funding in the amount of $34,970 for the upgrades to the kitchen facility.
Lakes District Film Society Beacon Theatre Retrofit $10,850 Jan 27, 2011
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.
Nechako Valley Sporting Association Trap Equipment $22,768 Jan 27, 2011
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 Pager Repeater System $28,004 Jan 27, 2011
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.
Stellat'en First Nation Energy Efficiency& Heating $54,684 Feb 17, 2011
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 1st part of the project will include completion of building energy audits for 5 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 2nd part of the project includes implementing two outdoor wood biomass district heating system clusters to supply heat to five Stellat'en community buildings.
Village of Burns Lake Community Heating Bio-Energy $23,875 Feb 17, 2011
This project was conceived by stakeholders of the Burns Lake Energy Forum. Village of Burns Lake has established a 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.
Fraser Lake Public Library Library Renovations $40,100 Mar 24, 2011
Fraser Lake Public Library is renovating its facility in order to create a family-centered literacy environment for the 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.
Burns Lake Mountian Biking Assn. Stearns Creek Epic Trail $23,288 May 27, 2011
This project first came to NKDFS 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 Assn. (IMBA). In August 2006, Burns Lake Mountain Bike Association 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.
Nechako Markets Development Society Strategic Plan $6,350 May 27, 2011
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.
Regional District of Bulkley Nechako Burns Lake Legion $12,660 May 27, 2011
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 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 Farmer's Market Signage $3,587 May 27, 2011
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.
Stellat'en First Nation Social Enterprise Development $17,698 May 27, 2011
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 of replication in other First Nations and rural communities.
Nechako Valley Search & Rescue Mobile Command Centre $9,507 May 30, 2011
Since 2003, NVSAR members have been fundraising to purchase a new mobile command centre needed to replace their mechanically unsound bus. Unable to raise the funds necessary to purchase a new mobile command centre, members downsized and focussed on purchasing a used pickup, a medical transport camper and a trailer. This project included funding assistance to help pay for a generator and completion of cabinets in the trailer.
Decker Lake Recreation Commission Hall Renovations $20,000 Jul 28, 2011
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, upgrades to the kitchen, interior design improvements, and construction of a storage area for tables and chairs.
Nee Tahi Buhn First Nation Community Health $12,000 Jul 28, 2011
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, 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 Lodge Upgrade $15,442 Jul 28, 2011
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, and revamp the website and develop a larger social media strategy to attract tourists, skiers, and businesses.
Regional District of Bulkley Nechako Image Bank $9,900 Jul 28, 2011
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 Run-of-the-River Feasibility $4,000 Jul 28, 2011
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 location identified with on this project and suggest one site with the greatest potential of constructing a run-of the-river hydro project.
Stellat'en First Nation Wind Energy Evaluation-Ph. 2 $2,000 Jul 28, 2011
This project was to be a continuation of the Wind Energy Evaluation - Phase 1. 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.
Tweedsmuir Rod & Gun Club Economic Activity $27,500 Jul 28, 2011
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 Upgrade $56,000 Jul 28, 2011
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, and replacement of cooling system pipes and headers, replacing sand floor with cement.
Village of Burns Lake Economic Growth $46,730 Jul 28, 2011
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, increasing capacity. Project also includes 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.
Burns Lake Soccer Club Walking Trail and Arboretum $4,900 Oct 27, 2011
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.
Burns Lake Mountian Biking Assn. Stearns Creek Canyon Trail $22,500 Jan 26, 2012
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 Paved Community Trail $21,000 Jan 26, 2012
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 Seniors Housing Seniors Housing Project 2012 $25,000 Jan 26, 2012
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.
Village of Burns Lake Lakes Dist Multi-Sport Facility $40,000 Jan 26, 2012
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.
Haisla Nation Council Tsee-Motsa Interpretive Trail $13,223 Mar 28, 2012
Haisla Nation Council plans to build a nature interpretive trail, including a bird viewing platform. The 2.5-kilometre Tsee-Motsta 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 is representative of the coastal rainforest ecosystem. The trail will be for non-motorized use only, and 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.
Rose Lake Recreation Commission Hall Upgrade $8,354 Mar 28, 2012
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.
Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Grassroots Development 2012-2013 $10,000 Apr 1, 2012
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.
Colleymount Recreation Commission Trout Creek Hall $40,000 May 29, 2012
The Colleymount Recreation Commission (CRC) is making improvements to the Trout Creek Hall, including upgrading the kitchen, improving the energy-efficiency, and other upgrades.
District of Vanderhoof Ice Arena Upgrades $80,403 May 29, 2012
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.
Fraser Lake Saddle Club Agility Trail Park $3,968 May 29, 2012
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.
Grassy Plains Community Hall Association Society Hall Upgrade $34,443 May 29, 2012
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.
Vanderhoof Curling Club Upgrade $62,500 May 29, 2012
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, replacing sand floor with cement.
Village of Burns Lake Downtown Revitalization $100,000 May 29, 2012
The Village of Burns Lake (VoBL) plans to make improvements to the downtown area.
Burns Lake Medical Clinic Society Capital Purchases $50,000 Sep 11, 2012
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.
Lake Babine Nation Margaret Patrick Memorial Centre Improvement $40,000 Sep 11, 2012
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 usage of the hall.
Southside Economic Development Assn. Takysie Lake Adventure Site & Nature Trail $60,000 Sep 11, 2012
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, a covered BBQ area. As well as to create a walking trail which will have connections to an existing heritage trail.
BC Forage Council Emerging Markets for Interior BC $10,000 Dec 11, 2012
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. The perceived opportunity has emerged as a result of decreasing cow herd numbers, leaving ranchers with excess forages available to market as a cash crop.
SEDA Southside Highway 16 Billboard $3,750 Dec 11, 2012
SEDA plans to construct and erect a Highway 16 Billboard with the sign portion to be 10 feet by 20 feet, 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.
Southsid Seniors Housing Society Hospital Point Site Clearing $15,000 Dec 11, 2012
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 Safety Equipment Upgrades $3,330 Dec 11, 2012
Southside Volunteer Fire Dept is a registered Society operating since 1983 in the Southside area. With this project the Volunteer Fire Dept. plans to purchase 15 Wildland Coveralls for fighting grass and brush fires, four communication radios and four broadband antennas.
Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Grassroots Development 2013-2014 $10,000 Apr 1, 2013
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.
Grassy Plains Community Hall Society Outdoor Stage $17,500 May 29, 2013
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 Growing Community $48,245 May 29, 2013
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 moveable 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.
Lakes Outdoor Recreation Society LEAF $2,500 May 29, 2013
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 Playground $6,000 May 29, 2013
OLBCS will purchase and set-up a playground.
Southsid Seniors Housing Society Hospital Point Fitness Trail $11,753 May 29, 2013
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.
Tweedsmuir Recreation Commission Wistaria Hall Upgrade $40,000 May 29, 2013
This project funding is to assist with making structural upgrades and make improvements to the hall.
UNBC Healthcare Travelling Roadshow $2,121 May 29, 2013
The 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.
Burns Lake & Dist Chamber of Commerce Trails Brochure $9,249 Sep 10, 2013
The CoC plan to design and produce a hiking guide map/brochure which will provide the hiker with important info including GPS information.
District of Vanderhoof Visitor Centre Building Upgrade $30,000 Sep 10, 2013
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.
District of Vanderhoof Ferland Park Washroom $20,000 Sep 10, 2013
The District of Vanderhoof plans to upgrade the washroom facility at Ferland Park.
District of Vanderhoof Community Electronic Sign $9,000 Sep 10, 2013
The District of Vanderhoof will purchase and install a two-sided electronic sign.
Grassy Plains Community Hall Society Deck and Siding $25,000 Sep 10, 2013
Grassy Plains Community Hall Association plan to replace the siding on the hall building and replace the existing deck with a covered, treated wood deck and wheelchair ramp.
Kitimat Marine Rescue Society Rescue Vessel $50,000 Sep 10, 2013
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.
Lakes District Film Society A Seat For All $28,920 Sep 10, 2013
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 Small Animal Barn $28,000 Sep 10, 2013
Nechako Valley Exhibit Society will install a cement floor and install electrical/ventilation system in the new Small Animal Barn.
Regional District of Bulkley Nechako Regional Tourism Marketing $4,500 Sep 10, 2013
RDBN 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 Connecting Producers & Consumers $4,425 Sep 10, 2013
RDBN 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 Kitchen Upgrade $35,714 Sep 10, 2013
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 Information Signage $2,000 Sep 10, 2013
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 above list includes a total of 252 approved projects and a total of $8,163,084 awarded.