The Economic Trust of the Southern Interior (ETSI-BC) is pleased to provide an update on the Forest Impact Recovery (FIR) Program, delivered with financial support from the Province of BC’s Rural Business and Community Recovery Initiative. This program aims to provide support to rural communities in the Southern Interior of BC facing ongoing changes in forest sector employment.
The ETSI-BC FIR Program focuses on community and business recovery. So far, 18 Host Organizations have had funding of $1.45 million approved, supporting the creation of 19 Recovery Advisor positions, and two Network Advisors.
The Indigenous communities cited in the Mission Statement are People living within the Thompson, Shuswap, Nicola, Fraser Canyon, Lillooet and Okanagan areas.
This includes persons, groups, or businesses living both on and off reserves as well as in urban or rural settings. The Boards' main objectives include the creation and strengthening Indigenous business development and formation of programming and support measures to prepare Indigenous people entering the labour market.
While there are subsequent Community Futures Development Corporations within our geographical area, the Community Futures Development Corporation of Central Interior First Nations is dedicated to the unique economic development needs of Indigenous Communities.
CFDC of CIFN is here to support.
Our hearts & prayers go out to everyone.