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Ministry of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation

250 893-3705

Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Society

250 964-4066

Rio Tinto BC Works

Communications and Communities Advisor
250 639-0886


Example of projects funded by the Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund

In 2003, Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund (NKDF) provided funding for the Cheslatta Carrier Nation Archival project. This funding assisted Cheslatta with restoring and preserving historical documents, maps, photos and cultural material, creating a permanent public legacy. Building on this project, Cheslatta has now launched the Cheslatta History House Repository Project that will allow Cheslatta to store and display the thousands of archeological artifacts that will be the result of several substantial excavation projects underway. It is also the first step to achieving official repository status and repatriation of collections of Cheslatta historic artifacts  held by other institutions. 

In 2017, NKDF provided grant funding for production of the feature film Monkey Beach, which was based on the internationally acclaimed novel written by the renowned Haisla author, Eden Robinson. Monkey Beach was filmed on location at Kitamaat Village. The film premiered at the 2020 Vancouver International Film Festival and was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.

In 2018, NKDF provided a grant for the purchase of a Wildfire Sprinkler Protection Unit (SPU) for the Fraser Lake Fire Rescue Society. Thirty local first responders from Fraser Lake, Stellat’en First Nation and Nadleh Whut'en First Nation began a 30-hour training session the day the unit arrived. During the weeks that followed, the SPU was deployed throughout the summer and successfully protected properties and structures during devastating wildfires.

The Fraser Lake Fire Rescue Society was awarded $72,668 toward the installation of a live-burn building at the regional training centre. A collaboration between Stellat'en First Nation, Nadleh Whut'en First Nation, the Village of Fraser and the Fire Rescue Society, the centre is used to train firefighters and industry first responders from rural northern B.C. communities. Regional training sessions will be held throughout the summer for departments from Vanderhoof to Telkwa.