The Government of Canada supports First Nations asset management infrastructure planning in British Columbia
February 01, 2021 — Vancouver, Traditional Territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh, British Columbia — Indigenous Services Canada
The Government of Canada and First Nations are working together toward building nation-to-nation relationships based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership. This includes supporting First Nations in building capacity and increasing self-determination and control over local services including community infrastructure.
Today, Patrick Weiler, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country, on behalf of the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, announced $883,674 to support asset management planning programs in 45 First Nations in British Columbia. The funding will help develop capacity for long-term infrastructure construction and maintenance planning.
Building and maintaining infrastructure can be difficult for any community, especially those with aging infrastructure, growing populations and competing priorities. Asset management planning helps First Nations prepare for future infrastructure needs, whether new construction or maintenance of current infrastructure, covering all engineered assets in a community, including water and wastewater, roads and bridges, residential housing, and public vehicles.
In the long term, adopting asset management plans can lead to improved community infrastructure that will support stronger, more sustainable communities with better social and economic prospects.
Forty-five communities in British Columbia will benefit from 2020-21 Asset Management Program funding, totaling $883,674:
List of First Nations communities receiving funds
Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council (Ahousaht, Ditidaht, Ehattesaht, Hesquiaht, Hupacasath, Huu-ay-aht, Ka:'yu:'k't'h'/Che:k:tles7et'h', Mowachaht/Muchalaht, Nuchatlaht, Tla-o-qui-aht, Toquaht, Tseshaht, Uchucklesaht, Ucluelet First Nation)
Lake Babine Nation
Williams Lake First Nation
Nisga'a Lisims Government (Nisga'a Village of Gingolx, Nisga'a Village of New Aiyansh, Nisga'a Village of Gitwinksihlkw, Nisga'a Village of Laxgalts'ap)
Tsilhqot'in National Government (?Esdilagh, Tl'esqox, Tŝideldel, Tl'etinqox, Xeni Gwet'in, Yunesit'in)
Takla Lake First Nation
K'òmoks First Nation
Consortium of First Nation Communities (Chawathil First Nation, Peters First Nation, Seabird Island Band, Shxwhá:y Village, Shxw'ow'hamel First Nation, Skwah First Nation, Spuzzum First Nation, Tzeachten First Nation)
'Namgis First Nation
Doig River First Nation
Lower Nicola Indian Band
Penticton Indian Band
"Through this investment, the Government of Canada is supporting improved infrastructure and housing on reserves by planning for the long term. This funding will help the Squamish Nation and 44 other First Nations in British Columbia to assess their priorities and goals to plan and manage essential infrastructure in their communities."
Member of Parliament for West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country
ISC is providing $15 million over five years, starting in 2018-2019, to support First Nations in developing asset management capacity through the Asset Management Program.
Funding can cover training activities, data management tools, technical assistance, and peer learning programs to address governance and other requirements for development and implementation of asset management plans.
Projects can be funded up to $40,000 per First Nation per year. For recipients that represent more than one First Nation, or a technical organization, tribal council, or educational institution, funding can be up to $120,000 per recipient each year.
The Asset Management Program is sourced from of the Government of Canada's Investing in Canada infrastructure plan.
For more information, media may contact:
Office of the Honourable Marc Miller
Minister of Indigenous Services
Indigenous Services Canada
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