Kwadacha Nation Elections 2014
Kwadacha Nation successful candidates are:
Chief: Donny Van Somer
Deputy Chief: Angela Hocken
Councilor: Darryl McCook
2014 & 2015 Kwadacha Graduates
Kara McCook, Grade 12 Diploma, Aatse Davie School Kwadacha BC, 2015
Dana McCook, Certified Care Aid, Vancouver Native Education College, 2015
Farrah Pierre, Certified Care Aid, Vancouver Native Education College, 2015
Patricia Livingston, Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography, University of Montreal Quebec.
Fayron Poole, Grade 12 Dogwood, Prince George School District #57.
Braedon Abou, Grade 12, Aatse Davie School Kwadacha BC.
Keisha McCook, Grade 12, Aatse Davie School Kwadacha BC.
Darren Raphael, Heavy Equipment Operator, College of New Caledonia, Mackenzie BC
Tyler Thomas, Heavy Equipment Operator, College of New Caledonia, Mackenzie BC
Conrad Boya, Heavy Equipment Operator, College of New Caledonia, Mackenzie BC
Accomplishing all the small things is the first step in achieving greatness - graduating proves that you're well on your way! Congratulations 2015 graduates!
2014 Environmental Stewardship & Community Improvement Award
The Kwadacha Nation (home of the Tsek'ene people) is located at Fort Ware, approximately 570 km north of Prince George BC. Kwadacha is a remote community and is accessible only by air or via an 8 - 10 hour drive on a logging road. In the community, electricity is provided by diesel generators, an expensive and high emissions source. Under the leadership of Chief Donny Van Somer and Executive Director Dawn Bursey, the community has been doing extensive work to assess opportunities to develop clean power generation using biomass (an EPA with BC Hydro is forthcoming on a small bioenergy plant), as well as reduce energy demand within buildings in the community. Electrical engery costs per household are likely 2-3 times the average in BC.
Kwadacha worked with the Fraser Basin Council and Quality Program Services to develop a business case for funding energy efficiency upgrades, starting with a pilot of the 11 most energy-intensive homes in the community. Thanks for financial suport from BC Hydro, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and Vancity, upgrades in these homes reduced electricity by an average of 37% in the first year. This resulted in estimated savings for each resident of $2,000 per year, and $5,000 per year for each home to BC Hydro.
In addition, a key component of the project was to build community capacity to maintain and build homes with energy in mind, and educate residents about energy use. As a result the community is now assessing opportunities in the remaining 90 homes in the community, and also building the learnings from this project into the plans and policies used when building new homes in the community.
Click on the link below for the website.