Rebuilding a region with the future in mind 

On May 19 and 20, 2023 the Village hosted the Lytton Rebuilding Symposium at ShchEma-meet School, 365 Trans Canada Highway, Lytton, BC.

Watch the recordings of the Rebuilding Symposium presentations.

Thank you to the following organizations whose generous donations made this event possible:

  • Teck Highland Valley Copper
  • Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction
  • Modus Structures Inc.
  • Scotiabank
  • Lillooet Builders World Ltd.
  • Pacific Breeze Holdings Ltd.
  • Vulcan Metal Works
  • Trade Services Alliance Inc.
  • Linwood Custom Homes
  • Postech Thompson Valley
  • Fulcrum Development (Kamloops) Inc.
  • Indigenous Physical Activity and Cultural Circle Association
  • Fraser Basic Council Society
  • Community Futures Development Corporation of Sun Country

For more information on the rebuilding symposium, please contact the event coordinator, retired Chief Patrick Michell, at

Download the Program Brochure

Friday, May 19, 2023

9:00 Doors open

Opening and Welcoming Remarks


11:00 Presentation: Why the building symposium…. Climate Change!
12:00 Presentation: Climate Change risks and impacts to natural and built infrastructure.

Keynote Address: Recovery and Rebuild

  • Village of Lytton
  • Lytton First Nation
  • Thompson-Nicola Regional District

Presentation: Building permit process & building inspections (new and renovations)

  • municipal, regional and on reserve
3:00 Presentation: Affordability & energy efficiency
4:45 Closing Remarks  – and door prizes

Saturday, May 20, 2023

9:00 Doors open: Sign in station and sheets
10:00 Presentation: Interior heating, cooling and maintaining air quality
11:00 Presentation: Infrastructure Energy – powering the built structures and supporting systems

Presentation: What comes next….and in what order.

  • Village of Lytton
1:00 Keynote  Address: TBC
2:00 Presentation: Financial (how do we pay for the above)
3:15 Closing Remarks

In 2021, the residents of the Nlaka’pamux Nation, the Fraser Canyon, Lytton, Merritt and so many others went through a series of extreme events including drought, heat, wind, wildfires, an atmospheric river, road closures and then a cold snap and deep snow. 

Now that the 2021 damages have been assessed and site cleanups are almost complete, the region is poised to begin reconstruction. 

What is to be rebuilt and where? With what materials? With whom, and how will it all be paid for? These are questions that remain heavy on our minds. It’s not just about rebuilding the lost though – how can residents, businesses, service providers and our respective governments renovate or retrofit current infrastructure to handle the next extreme weather event so that future evacuation, recovery, and rebuilding is minimized? 

Our Canadian institutions and building professionals are gathering at Lytton to meet with regional residents to share information and explore options on location, design, permitting, building, insurance, cost, and payment alternatives. 

Climate is impacting all of us, regardless of where we live. All are invited to the Lytton Building Symposium to engage, share, listen and learn. Display tables will be set up and speakers will be available so that questions – big and small – can be answered. 

More details will be digitally posted on community websites; through community social media pages and newsletters. Upcoming information includes start & end times, accommodations, food, parking, confirmed table displays and confirmed speakers. Most event materials will be prepared in digital format and shared through social media and through email. 

The Fraser Canyon region and Lytton will be rebuilt. When many hands work together, the load is a little lighter