PRINCE RUPERT, B.C.–The Port of Prince Rupert has announced a $244,000 investment from its Community Investment Fund that it says will help preserve traditional food production, increase nutritional education and develop new skills within the Gitxaala Nation.
A celebration in the coastal village of Kitkatla, BC took place Tuesday, April 12, 2016, to bless and commission two new community spaces: a garden and greenhouse where local produce will be grown, and a kitchen and eatery for food preparation and training. The event was attended by over one hundred Kitkatla residents that included school children and elders, as well as a delegation of staff from the Port of Prince Rupert who prepared the first community meal served out of the new kitchen.
“We couldn’t be happier after seeing the impact of these projects first-hand,” said Don Krusel, President & CEO of the Port of Prince Rupert. “The community kitchen and garden are physical embodiments of the spirit of our Community Investment Fund, which was established to enable significant quality of life improvements to a broad demographic of community members. Experiencing these facilities, surrounded by members of the Gitxaala Nation, it was evident how useful these community assets already are, and will be for years to come.”
“We are very thankful to the Port of Prince Rupert’s partnership and financial contributions, for the Green House and Community Kitchen.” said Clifford White, Chief Councillor of the Gitxaała Nation. “These new facilities will go a long way to fostering the greater independence and sustainability of our nation, providing meaningful educational opportunities while strengthening the social fabric of our community.”
The majority of funding for the Gitxaala Community Garden and Kitchen project came from the $244,000 contribution from the Port of Prince Rupert’s Community Investment Fund. Other funding partners included BC Ministry of Agriculture, Coast Industrial Construction, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC and Yukon.