Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Latest collaboration for PRPA Community Investment Fund takes to the kitchens of the Gitga'at Nation

Community Kitchen funding for Harley Bay makes for the latest
investment from the Prince Rupert Port Authority's 
Community Investment Fund
(Photo from Information release)

The latest funding initiative from the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s (PRPA) Community Investment program has collaborated with the Gitga’at First Nation to upgrade and expand a cooperative community kitchen in the heart of Txalgiu (Hartley Bay). 

In a background piece to go along with the funding announcement, the PRPA highlights some of the features of the facility and how it will serve the community.

The project is one that  enables larger-scale food production and opens new culinary training opportunities for people of all ages in the community. The overhauled space also strengthens food security and supports traditional cultural values and practices by providing a more suitable venue for transferring knowledge and processing sustainable resources, such as plants, fish, and animals, harvested by the Nation.

Efforts to convert the kitchen to a commercial-grade facility were launched prior to the pandemic, but much of the work was completed while Txalgiu was in isolation to limit the spread of Covid-19. Though multiple supply challenges were faced during the process, they served to reinforce key objectives of the project – namely, to become more self-reliant and reduce the community’s dependence on groceries transported by barge.

The total cost of the renovations was $126,244; with the PRPA’s Community Investment Fund contributing $78,870 to the project.

The Gitga'at initiative is one of a number of food security projects that the PRPA fund has been used towards, some of the others include:

Gitxaala Community Kitchen and Garden - $244,000 
Metlakatla Greenhouse - $46,623 
Friendship House Community Kitchen - $94,172 
Prince Rupert Garden Club Greenhouse - $11,250

More on the announcement from Tuesday, as well as how the initiative is being viewed can be explored from the information statement here.

A wider overview of the PRPA Community Investment Fund can be found from our archive page.

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