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(Columbia Basin) – Over 150 arts and culture projects—including the Columbia Basin Culture Tour—have received a total of $751,000 in funding support for the 2018-19 season through the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance (CKCA), in partnership with Columbia Basin Trust.

2018-2019 Funded Projects

"It's exciting to see the range of projects that were successful in their applications for the Trust funding through the CKCA. It's also impressive to see the scope of the projects; there are artists taking their first steps towards becoming professionals, to individuals receiving funding for major projects, and everything in between. The members of the CKCA Steering Committee are very pleased to continue our relationship with Columbia Basin Trust, fostering excellence in the arts and culture community across the region," said Laura White, Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance Chair.

Funding applications were adjudicated in May by the CKCA Steering Committee, with input from community arts councils. Support will go toward a wide range of projects, including individual and group projects, master classes, touring and major exhibition projects.

"Residents have told us that a strong arts and culture sector is an important part of life in the Basin," said Michelle d'Entremont, Manager, Grants and Programs, Columbia Basin Trust. “Supporting these projects means artists and organizations get the help they need to further their work and residents benefit from a culturally vibrant region."

CKCA funding helps individuals and organizations realize arts and cultural projects across all arts disciplines, including visual art, theatre, music, dance, media, literature and inter-arts. For a list of funded projects, visit the CKCA website at www.basinculture.com or call 1-877-505-7355.

Columbia Basin Trust supports efforts to deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the residents of the Columbia Basin. To learn more about the Trust's programs and initiatives, visit www.ourtrust.org or call 1-800-505-8998.

For further information contact:

Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance

Photo cutline: Starbelly Jam Performance from 2018 summer event.

Louis Bockner Starbelly Jam 2018

Whose Land Is It Anyway? A Manual for Decolonization

This is a very powerful and imporant work which may help inform your work in the arts, culture and heritage sector. It was forwarded to me by Duff Sutherland, SCFA.

Reconciliation Canada is also a great resource for further information, programs, workshops and speakers: ReconciliationCanada.ca

Read The Manual

As part of a commitment to implement the TRC recommendations FPSE has produced, Whose Land is it Anyway? A Manual for Decolonization. The manual was also inspired by the work and activism of the indigenous leader, Arthur Manuel. You may remember that Arthur Manuel spoke at the college a couple of years ago as part of FPSE/SCFA Human Rights and International Solidarity Committee's speaker series.

The manual consists of short articles by mostly indigenous writers about the profoundly destructive impact of colonialism on their own lives and the lives of their families and communities. There are articles about the effect of being dispossessed from traditional lands, the regime of the Indian Act, schooling of children, the treaty process, the suppression of indigenous law, culture and world view, and missing and murdered indigenous women. There are also articles about resurgence and resistance, and the pathway to reconciliation through decolonization.

The manual concludes with Justice Murray Sinclair's 2017 convocation speech at TRU's Law School in which he tells graduates that, "you have to believe that doing something about this history is the right thing to do and you have to be fearless in doing what you can."

The cover includes a quotation from Arthur Manuel, "wishing you a wonderful experience decolonizing yourself." There was laughter about that at the official launch of the manual at Emily Carr University in March.

The manual is 78 pages long; I read it in an evening. To me it provides good context for discussions about indigenization, decolonization, and reconciliation.


Creston Valley Arts Council GIFT SHOP!

Visit the Arts Council Gift shop and see our display of local art and fine craft.

See Our Poster

Friday 10am - 2pm
Saturday 9am - 1pm
Sunday 10am - 2 pm

Where: Creston Visitors Centre, 121 Northwest Blvd. Creston BC

2018 BC Culture Days Ambassadors Announced

BC Culture Days has announced the winners of the 2018 Ambassador and Awards program. Each ambassador will be awarded $1,000 ($500 production budget + $500 Artist Honorarium) to present a Culture Days activity and act as a spokesperson for BC Culture Days leading up to the Culture Days weekend, September 28, 29, and 30.


Changes to the BC Society Act


Law For Non Profits

The new Societies Act is here. Today we launch our free on-demand Webinar on Vimeo, and information about the Law for Non Profits Transition Hubs.

Here is a one-page flyer with the links and information. Please forward to your network, or print and post where it is relevant for others:



January 8, 2016

Columbia Basin Trust commits 15 per cent increase to support local projects

(Columbia Basin) – Community projects will be getting access to more funds this spring through Columbia Basin Trust's popular Community Initiatives and Affected Areas programs. The Trust announced a 15 per cent increase from $3.6 million per year throughout the Basin, to over $4.2 million per year for each of the next five years.

"We are pleased to continue our long-standing partnership with local governments and First Nations to identify local priorities and deliver benefits to Basin communities," said Neil Muth, President and CEO. "The ultimate goal is to support the projects that are important to residents, and we know this increase will help communities do more."

Started in 1998, these programs are the Trust's longest running granting programs designed to help address the needs of Basin communities. The Trust distributes funds to local government and First Nation partners once a year, and communities then use various methods—from local council decisions to votes from residents—to decide which projects will receive grants.

"We are very pleased that CBT has decided to increase the funding for this program," said Revelstoke Mayor Mark McKee. "Over the past 18 years, the program has provided significant support for many community projects that could not have proceeded without the funds provided by the Trust, and these projects have really benefitted our residents and improved their quality of life in many ways."

"From Better Babies to seniors programs, educational initiatives, environmental projects and community hall renovations, the Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs have provided critical support to a broad range of projects that have directly benefited the residents in our communities," says RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay. "Every year we are over-subscribed, and the increase in funding is fantastic news as it will allow even more people to benefit from these valuable programs."

The new five-year commitment totals over $21 million and extends to 2021.

To learn more about the programs and view upcoming deadlines visit cbt.org/cipaap.

Columbia Basin Trust supports the ideas and efforts of the people in the Columbia Basin. To learn more about the Trust's programs and initiatives, and how it helps deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the Basin, visit cbt.org or call 1.800.505.8998.

Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs: Annual Funding 2016/17–2020/21

All areas receive Community Initiatives funding, while the communities and areas around the Arrow, Kinbasket, Duncan and Koocanusa reservoirs which were most affected by the construction of the Treaty dams, also receive Affected Areas funding.

Local Government Annual Funding
City of Revelstoke $404,269
Ktunaxa Nation Council (four bands) $144,900
Shuswap Band $36,225
Regional District of Central Kootenay $1,486,213
Regional District of East Kootenay $1,197,531
Regional District of Kootenay Boundary $354,973
Town of Golden $325,562
Village of Valemount $261,950

Kootenay Arts Bulletin News

The Kootenay Blues Society Presents JW-Jones

  Wednesday October 10, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

JW-Jones, along with 2018 Maple Blues Award Bassist of the year, Laura Greenburg and the inimitable Will Laurin on drums are touring North America in support of the JW-Jones new album “Live”. The Kootenay Blues Society is honoured to present … Continue reading

Trail & District Arts Council: Movies, magicians and more!

  Wednesday October 10, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Trail & District Arts Council presents Sunday Cinema Leave No Trace Sunday, Oct.14, 4:30 pm The Royal Theatre, Trail War veteran Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in … Continue reading

Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce: October Chamber Newsletter-Election 2018

  Wednesday October 10, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Small Business Week Business after Business October 18th at Community Futures Small Business Week is October 14th-20th. The Chamber will host a Small Business Week Business after Business at Community Futures Thursday October 18th 5pm-7pm, Be sure to mark your … Continue reading

Rossland Council for Arts and Culture Turns 20!

  Wednesday October 10, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Event Dates: October 12-14, 2018 Location: Miners’ Union Hall This October RCAC is celebrating their 20th Anniversary. To celebrate 20 years of supporting arts and culture in Rossland the RCAC has events running all weekend! Join us at “CELEBRATE! 20 … Continue reading

Kicking Horse Culture: Big Thanks to our Heroes & Champions!

  Wednesday October 10, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

On this Thanksgiving weekend, KHC’s Board & Staff would like to say a big THANK YOU to our season’s Heroes and Champions! This fall the Golden District Arts Council enters our 49th year of service to the Golden community and … Continue reading

Join the Scale-Up Accelerator at #StartupDay on October 18th!

  Wednesday October 10, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

SEE WHO’S ON THE SCALE-UP STAGE AT #STARTUPDAY Get 50% off using ScaleUp50 here! Join a 1-Day Accelerator on the Scale-Up Stage at #StartupDay to take your business to the next level. Learn: How Canada’s top entrepreneurs scaled How to protect your business The … Continue reading

Calling all Women Entrepreneurs: See Your Tailored #StartupDay Agenda Today!

  Wednesday October 10, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

REGISTER NOW FOR THE WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS PROGRAM AT #STARTUPDAY Join Canada’s leading Women Entrepreneurs at #StartupDay to accelerate your growth and connectivity to Canada’s entrepreneur community. Capital 101 for Women Entrepreneurs Women Scale-Up Bootcamp Scaling Women-Led Business Hack-a-Thon Powerful Keynotes by Vicki … Continue reading

Creative City Network of Canada Member News October 2018: CCNC AGM, Summit Host City Bid, and Day 3 Panel Announcement

  Wednesday October 10, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

In this issue: CCNC Annual General Meeting Materials 2020-2024 Host City Bid Application Information Summit Panel Announcement: Day 3 Summit Registration Summit Sponsorship Summit Flight Discounts 2018 CCNC Annual General Meeting Come and hear reports from our President, General Manager, … Continue reading

City of Nelson 2018 Heritage Award: Call for Nominations & Applications

  Wednesday October 10, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

The City of Nelson is now accepting applications and nominations for its annual Heritage Award, honouring individuals, businesses or organizations who have made an outstanding contribution towards the preservation and/or promotion of Nelson’s heritage.The winner, who will receive an $1000 … Continue reading

Kaslo Jazz – 2019 Tickets On-Sale & AGM!

  Wednesday October 10, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

2019 Tickets On-Sale NOW! Already thinking about the magic that will happen at the 28th Annual Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival? As KJES subscribers, you get first opportunity to purchase tickets for 2019 and save big! These limited 2019 Fall Promo … Continue reading

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