On Sept. 15, 2014 Mayor and Council signed a Protocol Agreement with the Nak'azdli First Nation, outlining mutual respect between communities, acknowledgement of Nak'azdli Traditional Territory, and a quarterly meeting schedule between the two local governments. To celebrate the historic agreement, a Block Party event was held on Kwah Rd, a road which outlines the jurisdictional boundary between the municipality and First Nation. The event included many local food tables, traditional games, music by Nak'azdli and Fort St. James performers, speeches from Chief Fred Sam and Mayor MacDougall, and 100 'wish lanterns' sent off at 8p.m. to signify the positive hopes and desires residents have for the two communities. As a whimsical addition to the event, magic show passing through town joined the block and brought with them some interesting lizards for the public to check out. An estimated 300 - 400 attendees were present from the two communities. Find [...]
February 28 - March 9, 2014 Inspired by the inclusivity of the Dog Mushing world, this year’s Caledonia Classic Sled Dog Races will fall into the dates of a larger winter festival featuring a week of events and activities throughout the town of Fort St. James that support arts, culture, tradition and recreation. The District of Fort St. James has initiated an expansion of this existing recreational heritage event by collaborating with community groups to co-host WINTERFEST! We are so fortunate to have National Snow & Ice Competitive Carver, and owner of 'Cool As Ice' sculpting business in Nanaimo, visiting Fort St. James March 1-3 to demonstrate his skills! Grant will be completing one large 128 cubic foot block in addition to guiding local participants on the carving of two more smaller blocks on Saturday March 1st during the races. The pieces will be representational of the communities of Fort St. James and Nak'azdli. This date will also [...]
Fort St. James Community Forest has been relatively inactive for a couple of years, as we were awaiting the closure of the Witch Lake expansion process. We have been working with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, BC Timber Sales, Major Licensees, Nak'azdli First Nation and several Keyoh holders to finalize the boundary areas and get the higher level plans in place. The process was a long one, but on November 15th, we got the news that the Boundary of the Fort St. James Community Forest had officially been changed to include the planning cells around Witch Lake. Thank you to everybody (Government, Licensees, First Nations and the District) who worked on this process and remained focused on the goal of expanding the Community Forest. Well done! The Witch Lake expansion area straddles the height of land between Chuchi and Witch Lake and is accessed from the [...]
Fort St. James is "Rolling out the Red Carpet" for its local business owners, by hosting a Small Town Love launch party at the North Arm Pub this Friday, Nov. 22 from 7-9p.m. The party is open to the public and will include a snack table as well as prizes, giveaways and games for attendees. Small Town Love is a buy-local campaign piloted this fall by Northern Development Initiative Trust in six communities, of which Fort St. James is one. The project has resulted in a local website which initially highlights thirty-one local businesses and can be viewed at www.lovefortstjames.com. The objective of the project is to deliver a unique marketing campaign that celebrates locally-owned independent businesses with an aim to strengthen their competitiveness and keep more dollars in the local economy “Small Town Love has helped the business community in Fort St. James collaborate in a new and innovative way that [...]
Local businesses in Fort St. James will receive an extra boost in the coming months as part of a “Love Fort St. James” buy local campaign piloted by Northern Development Initiative Trust. The project will celebrate home grown businesses and their contributions to the local economy, while encouraging citizens to consider the wide variety of products available in town. The program will also help celebrate the personal connections which take place between consumers and business owners when they support independent businesses. The Northern Development-led pilot program supports the development of strongly branded buy-local campaigns for six communities including Fort St. James, Vanderhoof, Burns Lake, Logan Lake, 100 Mile House and Valemount. Each community will have their own website that will promote local businesses through high-end photography. A website to support Fort St James’ involvement will be located at www.lovefortstjames.com in the coming days. To fund the website development and graphic [...]
The District of Fort St. James has retained a qualified consultant to prepare a comprehensive Trails Master Plan that supports active modes of transportation. Important goals of the plan are to foster the usage of active transportation while providing for population and industry growth, the development of a high quality of life for residents, and to assist with municipal efforts to reduce community greenhouse gas emissions. The primary objective of the Trails Master Plan is to provide set municipal development goals and actions for connected active transportation and to support sustainable economic and community development through trails and transportation planning. Included in the Trails Master Plan will be a map (both hard copy and electronic) which will highlight local and regional trails in our area. Some limited trails signage will be implemented as a component of this project. We anticipate completion of the master plan by late September 2013.