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Indigenous community gets infrastructure upgrade funding

Indigenous community gets infrastructure upgrade funding

TISHOSUM, QATHET REGIONAL DISTRICT — Ottawa will contribute $7.3 to the Indigenous Community Infrastructure Fund (ICIF).

The funding will support ɬaʔamɩn Nation’s infrastructure goals across its water and sewer systems, drainage, roads, bridges and community buildings.

Government officials noted the ICIF, announced in Budget 2021, provides recipients with the flexibility to design and deliver infrastructure projects that make the most sense for their communities. For Indigenous Self-Governing and Modern Treaty partners, some of these projects are expected to include upgrades to water systems, the construction of cultural and community facilities, and the building of new homes for current residents and future growth.

The ICIF builds on allocations from the Gaps-Closing Infrastructure Fund announced in Budget 2018. The ɬaʔamɩn Nation applied for approximately $2.5 million towards a 10-unit multiplex housing facility and has leveraged the remaining funds of approximately $1 million to construct a child development resource centre. To date, $94.2 million over four years has been dedicated to B.C.-based Self-Governing and Modern Treaty Nations.

“Tla’amin Nation has recently created a Community Infrastructure Service Plan which provides a strategic framework for managing all of Tla’amin Nation’s community infrastructure services,” said Chief John Hackett in a statement. “This 30-year plan addresses water, sewer, drainage, roads, bridges, and all community buildings. The ICIF funding will provide an important contribution towards meeting the goals of our Community Infrastructure Service Plan.”

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