Food security initiatives are being harvested by the Okanagan Indian Band.
The OKIB is among six communities in the Thompson Okanagan that have been delivered grants from the First Nations Well Being Fund.
Skill building workshops, apiculture (beekeeping) training and a community garden will take root in the OKIB thanks to $34,600.
The Osoyoos Indian Band is using its $25,000 to deliver eight community-based sessions to develop and build a well-being plan for band members.
The Lower Similkameen Indian Band is also focusing on food security initiatives, including food distribution and restoring a local greenhouse, with its $35,000 grant.
The Coldwater Indian Band will use its $32,257 to record traditional teachings and decolonization, and implement an Elders’ cultural and Knowledge-Keeping group.
Developing and delivering training and skill-building programs around mobility and fall prevention for Elders in the community will be done by the Lytton First Nation with its $35,000.
More than $2 million in grants has been provided to 62 First Nations communities throughout the province.
“Numerous studies have shown that Indigenous people experience the highest levels of poverty, with a shocking 25 per cent of Indigenous people in Canada living in poverty,” said Cheryl Casimer, First Nations Summit political executive. “This welcome program is a modest step toward addressing the disproportionally high rates of poverty for First Nations citizens in B.C. The program was very oversubscribed, which clearly shows there is a high demand for much-needed funding for these types of important community projects.”
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.