Under new falls several opportunities, including new development, weather monitoring stations, and electrification.
Land and Development
Kanaka has already constructed a new 10 unit subdivision in upper Kanaka in 2018, and plans are underway for another housing complex in lower Kanaka that will be highly energy efficient and wind and solar powered in lower Kanaka. This new development will be located on Lot 4 which was recently aquired by the band.
In order to adapt to changing climate, site specific data is a must. Kanaka has three functioning weather stations monitoring temperature and humidity, precipitation events, and wind characteristics. These stations are located at the Band Office in upper Kanaka, at the pullout on Highway #1, and at the south end of Lot 4.
An air quality monitor was also installed at the band office to have site specific air quality data during fire or other air quality disruption events. A map of current air quality, including at Kanaka, can be found here.
Electrification is the act or process of converting fossil fuels powered devices to electric power. At Kanaka, we have already begun our electrification journey, and the start was quite by accident! When the old band office lawnmower needed to be replaced, an electric one was purchased by mistake and everyone was confused when it arrived. Despite this initial shock, the staff have had no complaints or issues with the device to date.
Further details will be added to the reports section soon.