'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 to, previously,  walk in precarious conditions. The only way to reach the world renowned U’Mista Cultural Centre or the Bighouse was bycrossing a muddy embankment along the seawall or follow the road alongside vehicle traffic.The ‘Namgis First Nation wanted to improve the waterfront of their community to create a safe and welcoming environment reflecting their community heritage and develop a walkable locale with improved access to key visitor amenities.

Working toward their vision of restoring the waterfront's culture and heritage, a boardwalk and 5 awakwes were built going from the BC Ferries terminal to the Bighouse. The awakwes are unique post and beam structures that provide shelter and rest areas, while featuring interpretive photos and signage that represent the founding Namgis families and 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

2,750
post completion jobs created

ICET By The Numbers

$4.6
dollars leveraged for every ICET dollar invested

ICET By The Numbers

$246
million leveraged into the region

ICET By The Numbers

$52.3
million disbursed

ICET By The Numbers

$55.2
million committed

ICET By The Numbers

230
economic development projects

ICET By The Numbers

210
projects completed

ICET By The Numbers

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

ICET By The Numbers

50+
communities with ICET projects

2020-2021
ANNUAL REPORT

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