Crumbling, inadequate infrastructure is a pressing issue for many rural communities and First Nations.
Challenges ranging from a lack of safe, affordable housing to environmentally dangerous sewer systems; from deteriorating roads and bridges to poor (or non-existent) bandwidth pose very serious problems across rural BC.
How have some communities and First Nations tackled the infrastructure deficit? Are present and future provincial and federal funding initiatives going to make a positive difference for rural and First Nations residents, or will these programs largely benefit our major urban centres? We’ll explore these and other related questions here, always looking for positive examples that other communities and First Nations can build on.
An excellent case in point is the Hucapasath First Nation’s China Creek micro-hydro project, near Port Alberni on Vancouver Island, as showcased in the video below. For more useful information on green energy, check out the Rural BC Green Energy website).