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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

What’s New at the Trust This Month – BasinLink #108 – Energy Grants October 2018

  Tuesday November 13, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Go Green and Save Money Do you operate a community building here in the Basin? The Trust can help you generate energy and save on operating costs with an Energy Sustainability Grant. Apply to install renewable or alternative energy generation … Continue reading

Alliance News / Write Your MLAs About the Importance of Arts Funding Now!

  Tuesday November 13, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Featured In This Issue Write Your MLAs About the Importance of Arts Funding Now! Sign a Petition to Support Federal Funding for Historic Places City of Vancouver Cultural Projects Program: A Hands-On Grant Writing Clinic Hot Off the Blog: City … Continue reading

Creston Valley Arts Council – November Newsletter

  Tuesday November 13, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

November Art Shows And Sales! Indigo-Go-Go November 16th 6:00pm – 8:00pm & November 17th 9:00am – 4:00pm Where: Creston & District Community Complex An Adjudicated Art Show Featuring Indigo Blue Artwork By Grade 7 – 12 Students.  Click Here To … Continue reading

Andrew Collins Trio comes to Rossland this Friday!

  Tuesday November 13, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

As a part of The Rossland Council for Arts & Culture’s largest Performance Series ever they are excited to present Andrew Collins Trio at Miners’ Hall on Friday November 16! Trust the Andrew Collins Trio to turn in their best … Continue reading

Beaded poppies show respect for Indigenous veterans — that’s why I’m wearing mine | CBC Radio

  Tuesday November 13, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

More Canadians wearing beaded poppies to honour service, sacrifices of Indigenous veterans Duncan McCue · CBC Radio · November 11   When I first saw a beaded poppy, it was unique, beautiful and a reminder of my grandparents. The beadwork … Continue reading

‘The World Remembers’ art project honours the dead of WW I | CBC Radio

  Tuesday November 13, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

The multimedia memorial project “The World Remembers,” produced by Canadian actor R. H. Thomson. honours the dead from dozens of nations around the world.   To read or listen to the story, click here.  

RCAC Indie Classic Film Series

  Tuesday November 13, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Dates: November 22, December 20, January 17, February 21, and March 21. Time: 7:00pm doors open, 7:30pm movie starts Location: Rossland Miners’ Hall Tickets: Tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for youth under 15 Tickets can be purchased in … Continue reading

Ephemeral Existence by local artist Hildur Jónasson Opens November 30th

  Tuesday November 13, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Presenting Ephemeral Existence An Exhibition with local Icelandic artist Hildur Jónasson Exhibition Dates: December 1st – 22nd Opening Reception: Friday November 30th, 7-9pm Artist Talk: Saturday December 1st, 4pm Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 1-5pm Oxygen Art Centre is pleased to announce Ephemeral … Continue reading

Join DuffleBag Theatre for a Fun BC Family Day Out

  Tuesday November 13, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Be a part of the romance, comedy and sword fights – Romeo & Juliet has it all! Verona’s feuding families, the Montagues and the Capulets split the city’s allegiances, until the son of one family and the daughter of another … Continue reading

Bushel and Peck – E2: Experiments in Entertainment

  Tuesday November 13, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Awarded MOST FRINGIEST SHOW at the London Fringe Festival, Alastair Knowles (James & Jamesy) and Stéphanie Morin-Robert (Merkin Sisters/BLINDSIDE), two of Canada’s most celebrated Fringe artists, fuse their mastery of physical comedy and movement as they tear up their performance … Continue reading

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