Storyteller’s Corner: Kanaka Bar

July 1, 2020 — Welcome to Kanaka Bar, Kanaka Bar is a community nestled in the mountains alongside the Fraser River, on Nlaka’pamux ancestral lands, near what is now known as Lytton, BC. This small community with great heart is driven by it’s recognized excellence in strategically planning and implementing models of governance, policy, self-sustainability, and climate-focused initiatives. The work done here is a...

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What people are saying

June 1, 2020 — “At Kanaka Bar, we have seen the effects of climate change first-hand – from changes in precipitation, increased drought, wildfire threats and loss of salmon. We are taking action and preparing for the environment and climate of tomorrow – by monitoring our watersheds, reducing forest fire risk and planting food forests.” – Chief Patrick Michell, Kanaka Bar Band   “Extreme...

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SFU research group advocates for First Nations clean energy opportunities

March 10, 2020 — Simon Fraser University’s new Clean Energy Research Group (CERG) suggests that all First Nations should be able to provide clean energy to ratepayers across the province. CERG considers itself a neutral party amidst the various stakeholders who have made submissions on the issue to the B.C. Utilities Commission in response to a BCUC draft report regarding the regulation of Indigenous...

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Kanaka Bar Indian Band south of Kamloops planning affordable housing, agricultural development

October 23, 2019 — An Indigenous community in the Fraser Canyon is planning a unique affordable housing development. Chief of the Kanaka Bar Indian Band Patrick Michell says the band owns 10 acres of Crown land on Kanaka Station Road near Highway 1, and says it is building a multi-phase housing complex on five acres, called “The Crossing Place.” He says the band will...

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Community Excellence - not an instant coffee!

October 20, 2019 — What is meant by community excellence? How can it be achieved? More importantly, how can it be sustained? In this blog, we will explore the answers to these questions, and many more, by analyzing efforts of an Indigenous community located only three hours away from Vancouver in the beautiful Fraser Canyon region of British Columbia (BC). We have been fortunate...

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Kanaka Bar from BC Announced as the Recipient of 2019 MNP-AFOA Canada Indigenous Community Excellence Award

September 23, 2019 — Ottawa, ON-September 23, 2019 – AFOA Canada is pleased to announce that Kanaka Bar Indian Band from British Columbia is the recipient of the 2019 MNP-AFOA Canada Indigenous Community Excellence Award. “The Kanaka Indian Band is an impressive community that has a commitment to self sufficiency,” says Clayton Norris, VP, Indigenous Services, MNP. “They have a focus on community well being and...

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Climate Change Adaptation in Kanaka Bar

July 3, 2019 — At Kanaka Bar, preparing for climate change is seen as an important milestone towards the achievement of community’s vision of self-sufficiency.  It is being incorporated in everything that is being done by the community on a day to day basis.  The Traditional Territory of Kanaka Bar is located 14 kilometers south of Lytton, B.C., in the Fraser Canyon. Water plays...

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Kanaka Bar: Harnessing the power of community - David Suzuki Foundation

February 5, 2019 — In the heart of British Columbia’s Fraser Canyon region, between the towns of Boston Bar and Lytton, lies the traditional territory of the Kanaka Bar Indian Band — also known as T’eqt’aqtn’mux or “the crossing place people.” Kanaka Bar Chief Patrick Michell believes in the importance of the values and ways of his ancestors. He and his community want to continue to live those...

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Community Profile: Kanaka Bar

January 27, 2019 — Community Description The Kanaka Bar Band is also known as T'eqt' aqtn'mux or "the crossing place people". It is a First Nations government located at Kanaka Bar, British Columbia, Canada, between the towns of Boston Bar and Lytton in the Fraser Canyon region. Summary of Economic Development Agreements, Community Businesses and Joint Ventures Kanaka Bar owns and operates four businesses:...

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Kanaka Bar Band honoured as Community-Owned Business of the Year

October 31, 2018 — Photo above: Chief Patrick Michell proudly shows off the Indigenous Business of the Year Award won by the Kanaka Bar Band. Photo by NONI MCCANN Awardees of the Tenth Annual B.C. Indigenous Business Awards were honoured at a Gala Dinner ceremony on Oct. 15 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver where more than 650 people gathered to celebrate excellence in Indigenous business...

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Kanaka Bar Band planning for a bright future with dark times ahead

July 15, 2018 — Photo above: Serena Michell-Grenier eating strawberries straight from the patch at the Kanaka Bar food forest. EARTHWALKER NELSON / PNG Patrick Michell can see the apocalypse coming — it’s just coming so slowly that people haven’t noticed yet. The chief of the Kanaka Bar Indian Band is preparing his people for self-sufficiency. Food, energy, skills, the works. The band has completed a...

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Independent power project announced by B.C. Hydro now in limbo

July 10, 2018 — Photo above: Chief Patrick Michell of the Kanaka Bar Band. KANAKA CREEK INDIAN BAND / PNG A small run-of-river hydroelectric project recently selected by B.C. Hydro for a power purchase agreement may no longer be financially viable. The Siwash Creek project was originally conceived as a two-megawatt power plant by the original proponent Chad Peterson, who holds a 50-per-cent stake through Green...

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Indigenous community in B.C. taps into student brainpower

June 21, 2018 — Photo Above: Patrick Michell is chief of British Columbia's Kanaka Bar Indian Band, which is using advice from a UBC Sauder-hosted case competition to make itself economically independent and sustainable. Installing solar panels was among the competitor recommendations. Two years ago, a remote Indigenous community in B.C.’s Fraser Canyon became the subject of an international case competition hosted by the...

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Beedie MBA grad guides Kanaka Bar Indian Band toward self-sufficiency

June 14, 2018 — By: Srijani Datta, Assistant News Editor Zain Nayani, an alumnus of SFU’s Beedie School of Business, is the CEO of economic and business development for the Kanaka Bar Indian Band located near Lytton, northeast of Vancouver. He has been helping the approximately 200 members of the Kanaka Bar move towards self-sufficiency. Nayani described his experience so far and his vision...

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David Suzuki: Renewable communities produce energy, jobs, and hope

June 6, 2018 — Anishinaabe economist and writer Winona LaDuke identifies two types of economies, grounded in different ways of seeing. Speaking in Vancouver recently, she characterized one as an “extreme extractive economy” fed by exploitation of people and nature. The second is a “regenerative economy” based on an understanding of the land and our relationship to it. We now go to extremes to...

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Charged Up program puts spotlight on Canada's community-led renewable power

March 1, 2018 — Kanaka Bar Indian Band Chief Patrick Michell. Photo by Emilee Gilpin.  A majority of Canadians support a quick transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, but few of us can actually think of a clean energy project. To raise the profile of community-led, grassroots projects working on clean energy, the David Suzuki Foundation is launching Charged Up, a national renewable energy program that...

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This First Nation is four steps ahead of climate change

February 15, 2018 — By Emilee Gilpin | News, Energy, Politics, Culture | February 15th 2018 Kanaka Indian Bar Band   The T'eqt''aqtn'mux (the crossing place people) come from T’eqt’’aqtn (the crossing place). Today, it's called Kanaka Bar. It was renamed after governor James Douglas declared the mainland colony of British Columbia. Kanaka Indian Bar Band, located in the heart of the Fraser Canyon, is one of 15 Indigenous groups in the Nlaka'pamux Nation. During the...

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Minister Philpott congratulates Kanaka Bar First Nation on completing new housing complex

November 28, 2017 — LYTTON, BC, Nov. 28, 2017 /CNW/ - All Canadians should have the security of a safe and healthy home. The Government of Canada is committed to working in partnership with First Nations to improve the condition of housing in their communities, reduce overcrowding, and better safeguard the health and safety of residents. Today, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, congratulated Kanaka Bar...

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Powering self-determination at Kanaka Bar

October 5, 2016 — A community without oil, gas or forestry development potential looks to renewable energy to become self-sufficient. The reserve lands of the Kanaka Bar Indian Band — one of 15 communities that make up the Nlaka’pamux Nation — are located on a lonely stretch of highway 250 kilometres northeast of Vancouver, in a hinterland where no mainstream industries exist. There’s no...

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Opinion: Clean energy for the heartland

February 28, 2016 — In B.C., we have an amazing blueprint for climate action pulled together for us by the Climate Action Leadership Team, which was appointed by the provincial government. The leadership team represents a broad segment of society — urban and rural local governments, First Nations, LNG and forestry industrial sectors, not-for-profits and academics — and came up with a unique consensus...

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Kanaka Bar Indian Band and Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.

June 1, 2015 — Photo above: Kwoiek Creek Hydroelectric Project - Intake and Head Pond The Kanaka Bar Indian Band is a community within the Nlaka’pamux Nation and is located between the towns of Lytton and Boston Bar in the Fraser Canyon. Kanaka Bar Indian Band’s traditional community name is T’eqt’aqtn meaning “crossing-place”. Studies show that Kanaka lands on both sides of the Fraser River were occupied year...

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