The Kanaka Bar Indian Band and Crossing Place Housing Society receive funding to construct new multipurpose community building in Kanaka Bar

June 3, 2022

Government of Canada investment will help communities in Lytton and the surrounding areas build back from last year’s devastating wildfires

LYTTON, BC – Shared public spaces are the heart of communities across Canada. They bring together people of all ages and abilities, supporting businesses, and stimulating local economies. As Lytton works to revitalize its communities following the tragic 2021 wildfires, these public spaces have never been more important.

Upgrading exisiting infrastructure and building new public assets will be a key step in the restoration process, by strengthening community engagement and boosting economic vitality.

On May 27,  the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada (PacifiCan), announced an investment of $471,000 through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) for the Crossing Place Housing Society. The Crossing Place Housing Society is a non-profit housing operator created by the Kanaka Bar Indian Band.

“Initiatives like the CCRF are facilitating critical upgrades to community infrastructure across Canada, but this is of utmost importance in Lytton, where communities have been devasted by recent wildfires, said Minister Sajjan. “This investment will greatly assist residents as they work to rebuild a healthy, resilient community and strengthen local economic opportunities.”

This funding will allow the Housing Society to construct a new multipurpose building in Kanaka Bar, complete with community kitchen and garden, shared laundry facilities, and meeting rooms.

Project activities will include completing sitework, building the modular structure, and creating an emergency backup power system. The new building will provide an essential gathering area for residents of the Kanaka Bar Indian Band and several neighbouring Indigenous communities – a place to host family and cultural events, in addition to serving as an regional emergency evacuation centre.

“Everything changed for Lytton residents last year when fires and other extreme weather events destroyed 90 per cent of our town,” said Chief Patrick Michell, Kanaka Bar Indian Band. “This CCRF funding for a new multipurpose community building at Kanaka Bar will benefit an entire region, and we are most grateful for the support we have been extended. With this investment, we are able to explore new options for building and retrofitting safe and resilient spaces for not only local residents, but for all Canadians well into the future.”

Quick Facts

  • CCRF funding supports two major streams of activity so that communities can:
    • adapt community spaces and assets so that they may be used safely in accordance with local public-health guidelines, and/or
    • build or improve community spaces to encourage Canadians to re-engage in and explore their communities and regions.
  • Eligible recipients include not-for-profit organizations; rural, municipal or regional governments; Indigenous groups and communities; and public sector bodies that provide municipal-type infrastructure.
  • Priority may be given to projects that encourage the participation of underrepresented groups and take into consideration the unique challenges of rural and remote communities.

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