Shannon Kilroy is a member of the Lower Nicola Band. Shannon has been designing clothes since the 1990’s. Her preference is to utilize raw silk and hemp materials in her designs.
CFDC of CIFN funding assisted Shannon to expand her clothing line, where she created the Mountain Woman line of casual wear, these products can be found in various locations in the Okanagan. She continuously networks events to display her casual wear and accessories.
Shannon recently participated in the Indigenous Fashion week in Vancouver. Her young models are from the Interior of BC.
Is owned and operated by the members of T'it'q'et First Nation in Lillooet, in the central interior of BC.
With the wild fires in BC, the T'it'q'et First Nation was surrounded by fires taking away their ability to gather food resources. It was a priority for the T'it'q'et First Nation, to develop a food security initiative for their members, in the event of a disruption or breakdown of the existing food supply chain by using locally available resources. Studies were conducted to determine needs of the T'it'q'et First Nation.
CFDC of CIFN loan assisted T'it'q'et First with setting up an Intermediate Technology Food Processing Facility (ITFP). T'it'q'et First Nation provided 2.5 acres for farming, that was fitted with a drip irrigation system, drought tolerant crop, traditional speckled beans, and indigenous food security planting techniques, developing natural farming seed pods (one straw revolution, author Masanobu Fukuoka), cold storage, green houses, tested aeroponics and small solar panels. The Community development initiative is employing community members with potential careers in agriculture related fields, percentage of food harvested goes to Elders and community members. The project is packaging dehydrated foods that include fruit and vegetables, for local venues and food security, some produce is sourced from other farmers surplus harvests, to add to the volume of produce for the T'it'q'et First Nation members. Their product "Amlec" is now available in local venues.
Economic opportunities developed with Branding and selling produce under the AMLEC brand which the main focus for the time being is garlic and garlic brokering, with new products being developed. To date the dehydrator has produced in excess of 10,000 lbs of product for community use and retail sale.
The program also is working with Thompson Rivers University on hosting horticulture workshops, and a potential 10 month certified horticulture program that is planned for fall 2018. The program always wants to encourage the youth of the community, by annually setting up garden tours for hand on experiences.
Over the past two years the project has employed many community members. Volunteers from the community and also surrounding communities have offered their time exchange for knowledge and experience.
With the ITFP in place and produce sold or packaged for distribution, T'it'q'et First Nation is pursuing St'at'imc certification with regard to growing standards within the St'at'imc Nation.
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.