Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Grants $53,728 for New Projects in Burns Lake, Kitamaat Village and Vanderhoof
APR 19, 2023

The Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Society Board of Directors approved $53,728 in grant funding for four new projects. 

The Lakes Outdoor Recreation Society (LORS) was granted $18,728. The Ootsa Lake campground is currently being expanded by 20 sites, due to increased demand. Tourists and locals will now have alternative sites to camp at during the peak season.  The grant funds will be used to install three outhouses, including one wheelchair accessible outhouse at the expanded campsite. 

Haisla Nation Council was granted $15,000 toward the Active Measures program. Active Measures is an immersive 10-month program designed to increase overall mental, physical and emotional health and well-being of participants. The NKDF funding will support the Cultural Phase of the project including salmon harvesting, regalia making, and cultural exchange.  

The District of Vanderhoof was approved $5,000 toward installation of a washroom at the Museum/Dog Park site. The dog park, museum and Visitor Information Centre offer a starting point for many of Vanderhoof’s recreational opportunities, including biking and walking trails. 

The District of Vanderhoof  was granted $15,000 to replace the playground equipment at Ferland Park. The District will replace the play structure in order to modernize it and improve safety. 


Brenda Bailey, Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Innovation  
“Supporting improvements that help boost tourism, enhance recreational activities for families and visitors, and strengthen communities is a big part of the Province’s work to make life better for British Columbians. That’s why we continue to work side-by-side with the Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund as we build a stronger, more resilient future for everyone in the region.”  

Rio Tinto BC Works General Manager Simon Pascoe 
“The NKDF is an important tool to support projects that matter to local communities and First Nations across North West British Columbia. This new round of grants will make recreation opportunities in Kitamaat and the Nechako Watershed more accessible and enjoyable, benefitting both residents and tourists who travel through our beautiful regions.”

NKDF Chair Cindy Shelford 
“NKDF is pleased to support these four projects that support healthy, stable communities by increasing the emotional and well-being of community members, providing recreational opportunities, and contributing to growth in tourism.”

The next application deadline is July 31, 2023. For more information, please visit For requests under $5,000 applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

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The Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Society was jointly established in 1997 with a combined contribution of $15 million by the government of British Columbia and the former Alcan Inc., now Rio Tinto. The Fund’s investment area includes lands impacted by the original Kemano project and focuses on the communities in the Ootsa, Lakes, Nechako and Haisla regions of the north.

The Society encourages applications from local governments, local First Nations governments and legally incorporated non-profit organizations. NKDF invests in projects that create sustainable employment, diversify the economy, and improve the basic infrastructure needed for community stability, quality of life and growth.

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