Three local projects are receiving a piece of a $1 million fund from the Columbia Basin Trust.
From young to old, people with diverse needs from around the Columbia Basin will benefit from 16 projects aimed at improving their social well-being. These projects are being funded by $1 million in Social Grants from Columbia Basin Trust.
“Our goal is to strengthen social well-being and address social issues in Basin communities,” said Aimee Ambrosone Columbia Basin Trust Director, Delivery of Benefits. “All of these projects are taking concrete actions that will have lasting effects, both on the individuals who access the services and on overall quality of life in our region.”
The Ktunaxa Nation Council is one of the grant recipients. They are developing and delivering a culturally appropriate Aboriginal justice system.
“This project will be based on the Medicine Wheel and use a holistic approach to address the areas of spiritual, emotional, mental and physical well-being,” said Debbie Whitehead, Social Sector Director. “Many of our Aboriginal young people are not only affected by developmental disabilities, they lack connection to culture and family. Without guidance and direction, they are vulnerable and easy prey to be welcomed into the crime community. The Ktunaxa Nation is committed to ensuring Aboriginal people involved in the justice system are not falling through the cracks. Our hope is this project will help to circumvent crime involvement and reduce recidivism by addressing the root causes of criminal behaviour.”
Projects funded locally include:
Canadian Mental Health Association – Provide coordination and support services to the Community Coordination for Safety in Relationships committee and the East Kootenay Sexualized Assault Response Team to improve services provided to people experiencing relationship violence and sexualized assault. – $65,000
Ktunaxa Nation Council – Identify and research traditional justice systems, including kinship systems, of the many Aboriginal cultures the council serves. It will then assess the feasibility of, develop and deliver a culturally appropriate Aboriginal Justice System. The goal is to improve outcomes, reduce re-offense and promote healing and recovery for Aboriginal people involved in the mainstream justice system. – $114,405
District of Sparwood – Support the delivery of the Ghostrider Adventure Camp. This low-barrier camp provides opportunities for youth to experience the outdoors through programs and activities intended to improve social networks, self-esteem and overall well-being. – $11,000
ANKORS (AIDS Network Kootenay Outreach and Support Society) – Deliver health promotion, harm prevention and sexual health training and education programs to residents, educators and service providers. The goal is to shift attitudes and reduce bias and stigma by providing factual information geared at reducing high-risk behaviours in vulnerable populations. – $120,000
Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley – Train hospice volunteers at several hospices to expand and improve their abilities to support people who are experiencing losses related to trauma and suicide. – $16,325
The Trust has distributed more than $6 million to improving social well-being in our communities since starting the Social Grants program in 2012.
– From the Columbia Basin Trust