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Fort Nelson First Nation receives heritage infrastructure funding

$324,040 for upgrades to community drum arbor and moose camp
Chief Sharleen Gale stands inside the Fort Nelson First Nations’ gathering arbour, built for the community’s health and wellness centre.

Two First Nations in Northeast B.C. are receiving funds to repair and develop cultural heritage projects.

Fort Nelson First Nation is receiving $324,040 for upgrades to the community's drum arbor and moose camp.

And Saulteau First Nations in receiving $154,790 for beautification and upgrades to the community cemetery.

Funds are coming from the First Peoples’ Cultural Council, which is rolling out $5.4 million in grants from the 150 Time Immemorial program for heritage infrastructure projects in 16 First Nation communities across B.C.

“This funding is vital to ensure Indigenous heritage in B.C. is protected for future generations,” heritage program manager Karen Aird said in a news release.

“This investment enables First Nations communities to lead work to safeguard their cultural spaces and heritage collections, and demonstrates the urgent need for long term, sustainable funding to protect First Nations heritage.”

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