In 2009, the Nadleh Whut'en First Nation undertook the renovation of their community hall. The project included the replacement of the existing overhead heating system and flooring. The existing heating system was not adequate for the facility to be used in the winter months due to the noise it created. As a result, this project saw the heating system be replaced with a modern, high efficiency system. The hall's existing flooring had become a saftey hazard due to normal wear and tear, and as such was replaced with durable heavy duty linoleum.
The Nadleh Gathering Place Modernizes For Winter Operations
The Nadleh Whut'en is a First Nation of the Dakelh people that means 'people who travel by water'. The Nadleh speak a dialect of the Carrier language. With seven reserves, Nadleh Whut'en, whose territory is located around the east end of Fraser Lake band has four hundred and twelve registered members and is located between Fraser Lake and the Nechako River along the banks of the Nadleh River, which at only 800m long is one of the shortest rivers in the world. Most of the community members reside in Nadleh, the main community, while others live in Lejac.
Positive Economic Impacts in Nadleh Whut'en
The Nadleh Whut'en's community hall project has directly benefitted this small First Nation community by allowing additional events to take place at the facility. The facility is rented out for $200 per day and creates approximatley $3,000 per year in revenue. The events held at the facility have created indirect revenue for the community from increased spending by visitors attending events held in Nadleh at the hall.
Fundraising events held in the facility generate an additional $7,000 in donations per year for a variety of community groups and projects. In the future, the Nadleh Whut'en hope to further renovate the hall to allow for an increase in the variety and number of events held at the facility.
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