Under the BC Rural Dividend Program, the Government of British Columbia is providing over $1.1 million for five projects in the North and Central Coast regions.
“Indigenous and remote communities lack financial supports found in larger cities. The projects funded today will not only improve food security and energy production, but also assist First Nations communities in creating new economic opportunities,” said Jennifer Rice, MLA for North Coast. “I’m proud to be a part of a government that cares for rural, remote and coastal First Nations communities.”
The Kitasoo Indian Band in Klemtu is being awarded $500,000 for upgrades to the Baron Lake Hydropower facility to allow for greater power output from the original 600-kilowatt hydro plant, reduce diesel dependency and support population growth and economic opportunities.
Nuxalk Nation in Bella Coola is being awarded $100,000 for Phase 1 of a project that will lead to a large-scale commercial agricultural business that uses hydroponic technology to grow vegetables for the Bella Coola Valley, year-round.
Wuikinuxv Nation in Oweekeeno is being awarded $97,938 to support the implementation of a comprehensive community energy management system to reduce the cost of electricity in off-grid Wuikinuxv Village.