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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


  Thursday October 18, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

First Prize – Intimate Void – Sandy Harquail 2nd Prize – Pitcher – Robin DuPont 3rd Prize – Cloud Rain Maker – Amy Li Chuan Chang To view more prize winners and all the 2018 “Makers In Action”, click here Advertisements

October at the Capitol Theatre

  Thursday October 18, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Capitol Members Invited to 2018 AGM Each year the Capitol Theatre Restoration Society hosts an Annual General Meeting, where the Board of Directors presents an overview of operations for the benefit of members. The 2018 AGM will be held on Monday, October … Continue reading

BCTC’s October 2018 Newsletter

  Thursday October 18, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

IN THIS ISSUE BCTC News Pacific Contact 2019: Showcases, Registration BCTC 2018 Vancouver Fringe Award Winner BCTC Board & Other News Memberships & Online Listings Updates AEA: On the Road Workshops & Warming up the Act Industry News Pacific Contact … Continue reading

Next from LIVE Kicks: Jim Byrnes at the Civic Centre Sat Oct 27

  Thursday October 18, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Multiple award-winner Jim Byrnes is a skilled and soulful musician who’s put his stamp on many genres, from blues and gospel to rockabilly and country. A gifted songwriter and guitarist, Byrnes is also blessed with an inimitably smoky and instantly … Continue reading

Trail & District Arts Council: Get your tickets now for our exciting Fall and Winter shows!

  Thursday October 18, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Snowed in Comedy Tour presents Snowed In Comedy Tour 2019 The Bailey Theatre Wednesday, January 30 at 8 pm The Snowed In Comedy Tour has turned into a Canadian success story, celebrating its eleventh year. In a market still dominated … Continue reading

MET Opera Sat / Musical next Thursday / Coupon STAR IS BORN

  Thursday October 18, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Hello, October is heating up with some terrific content! Please join us this weekend for The Met Opera SAMSON ET DALILA on Sat. Oct 20 9:55am. Tickets are $24 available at the door. Please find the attached synopsis. Also next … Continue reading

Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival: Limited 2019 Fall Promo Tickets Remain!

  Thursday October 18, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Limited 2019 Fall Promo Tickets Remain The 28th Annual Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival tickets are now on-sale and there are only 30 left at the subscriber discounted price! Don’t snooze on this 2019 Fall Promo deal only available at the … Continue reading

AGOG presents Golden Visual Arts Guild this Friday from 5 to 7pm

  Thursday October 18, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

This is a special invite to drop in to AGOG from 5 to 7pm this Friday, October 19 to celebrate with the Golden Visual Arts Guild on the opening of their second exhibit at AGOG. We’ll have some refreshments and … Continue reading

FILM KICKS presents THE WIFE – Thursday Oct 18

  Thursday October 18, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

7:30pm, Thursday Oct 18 at the Golden Cinema THE WIFE UK/SWEDEN/USA, 2017, English, 100 minutes After nearly forty years of marriage, Joan and Joe Castleman (Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce) are complements. Where Joe is casual, Joan is elegant. Where … Continue reading

E-News 10/11/2018: Music BC Announces Mental Health Workshops + Panel!

  Thursday October 18, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR MUSIC BC MANAGER’S MENTAL HEALTH WORKSHOPS Attention Managers: Join us for an intimate workshop as we explore mental health in the music industry! Music BC in partnership with Unison Benevolent Fund is pleased to present two free workshops for … Continue reading

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