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Rural Dividend grants support First Nations communities…

VANDERHOOF, BC: Cheslatta Carrier, Nadleh Whut’en and Stellat’en First Nations are being awarded $442,495 for three projects under the special circumstances provision of the BC Rural Dividend.

“We’re aware that some rural communities are facing difficulties in the aftermath of severe wildfires,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “We have been working to prioritize certain project applications to help Indigenous and rural communities ensure they remain healthy and economically viable places to live and raise families.”

  • Cheslatta Carrier Nation is being awarded $170,500 to assess the damage from recent wildfires, prioritize mitigation work and provide wildfire recovery training to members. The project supports other work to repair damage from the recent wildfires and prepare the area for future wildfire events.
  • Nadleh Whut’en First Nation is being awarded $239,860 for the feasibility and planning phase of an emergency centre of excellence that will support large-scale disaster response. The project includes hiring a project manager, establishing a project steering committee, and completing a feasibility report and construction funding proposal toward the next phase of the project.
  • Stellat’en First Nation is being awarded $32,135 for a feasibility study to evaluate the viability of a recreational vehicle campground and eco-tourism guiding company for the Nation.

“Cheslatta Carrier Nation suffered significant financial impact from last year’s devastating wildfires. The Rural Dividend grant will support our community’s recovery efforts and Cheslatta members working on the project will have an opportunity to learn about wildfire damage, remediation work and, most importantly, be better prepared in the future. Although the emotional toll is still apparent, having a financial contribution helps the community in general to heal and prepare, as we open up the work we need to do to all our community, First Nation and non-First Nation.”

Released by BC Government.

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