'Namgis Waterfront Enhancement

'Namgis First Nation

Sources of Funding
ICET:$499,300
WestCCAP:$250,000
Coast Sustainability Trust:$250,000
North Vancouver Island Aboriginal Training Society:$49,324
'Namgis First Nation:$611,476
Total Budget: $1,660,100
Quick Facts: 
The boardwalk and awakwes are a source of community pride and a key cultural element of the Alert Bay waterfront.

Foot passengers arriving on Cormorant Island from the BC Ferries dock had previously been forced to walk in precarious conditions. The only way to reach the world renowned U’Mista Cultural Centre or the Bighouse was by walking on a muddy embankment along the seawall or on the road with traffic. The ‘Namgis First Nation wanted to improve the waterfront of their community to create a safe and welcoming environment reflecting the heritage of the area and develop a walkable community with improved access to key tourism amenities.

Working toward their vision to restore the culture and heritage of the waterfront, a boardwalk and five Awakwes were built along the waterfront, from the BC Ferries terminal to the Bighouse.  The awakwes are beautiful post and beam structures which provide shelter and rest areas and feature interpretive photos and signage to represent the founding Namgis families and Namgis cultural history.

The ‘Namgis waterfront enhancement project, completed in 2011, has helped further the development of Cormorant Island into a connected community, linking the ‘Namgis First Nation with the Village of Alert Bay. The boardwalk adds beauty, honours tradition, and provides safe walkability for visitors exploring the waterfront and visiting the U’Mista Cultural Centre. 

ICET By The Numbers

2,500
person years employment created (construction phase)

ICET By The Numbers

50
locally elected officials and MLAs working together

ICET By The Numbers

$10.4
million annual provincial government revenue generated

ICET By The Numbers

3,650
post completion jobs created

ICET By The Numbers

$4.6
dollars leveraged for every ICET dollar invested

ICET By The Numbers

$236
million leveraged into the region

ICET By The Numbers

$50.5
million disbursed

ICET By The Numbers

$52.1
million committed

ICET By The Numbers

212
economic development projects

ICET By The Numbers

170
projects completed

ICET By The Numbers

36%
projects in small (less than 5,000) communities

ICET By The Numbers

50+
communities with ICET projects

2019-2020 ANNUAL REPORT

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