16 Social Projects to Receive $1 Million

The Ktunaxa Nation Council, housed in this government building, is one of the recipients of a Social Grant from Columbia Basin Trust.

From young to old, people with diverse needs from around the Columbia Basin will benefit from 16 projects aimed at improving their social well-being. These projects are being funded by $1 million in Social Grants from Columbia Basin Trust. 

“Our goal is to strengthen social well-being and address social issues in Basin communities,” said Aimee Ambrosone Columbia Basin Trust Director, Delivery of Benefits. “All of these projects are taking concrete actions that will have lasting effects, both on the individuals who access the services and on overall quality of life in our region.” 

The Ktunaxa Nation Council is one of the grant recipients. They are developing and delivering a culturally appropriate Aboriginal justice system.

“This project will be based on the Medicine Wheel and use a holistic approach to address the areas of spiritual, emotional, mental and physical well-being,” said Debbie Whitehead, Social Sector Director. “Many of our Aboriginal young people are not only affected by developmental disabilities, they lack connection to culture and family. Without guidance and direction, they are vulnerable and easy prey to be welcomed into the crime community. The Ktunaxa Nation is committed to ensuring Aboriginal people involved in the justice system are not falling through the cracks. Our hope is this project will help to circumvent crime involvement and reduce recidivism by addressing the root causes of criminal behaviour.”

See the backgrounder for a description of all 16 projects.

The Trust has distributed more than $6 million to improving social well-being in our communities since starting the Social Grants program in 2012.

For more information about the program, visit ourtrust.org/socialgrants. To learn all the ways the Trust supports social well-being in the Basin, visit ourtrust.org/social.

Columbia Basin Trust supports the ideas and efforts of the people in the Columbia Basin. To learn more about the Trust’s programs and initiatives, and how it helps deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the Basin, visit ourtrust.org or call 1.800.505.8998.

See projects funded in your area:

Creston Valley

Valley Community Services Society

Train staff and community volunteers so they can support the growing number of seniors who are experiencing early dementia.


East Kootenay

Canadian Mental Health Association

Provide coordination and support services to the Community Coordination for Safety in Relationships committee and the East Kootenay Sexualized Assault Response Team to improve services provided to people experiencing relationship violence and sexualized assault.


Ktunaxa Nation

Ktunaxa Nation Council

Identify and research traditional justice systems, including kinship systems, of the many Aboriginal cultures the council serves. It will then assess the feasibility of, develop and deliver a culturally appropriate Aboriginal Justice System. The goal is to improve outcomes, reduce re-offense and promote healing and recovery for Aboriginal people involved in the mainstream justice system.



District of Sparwood

Support the delivery of the Ghostrider Adventure Camp. This low-barrier camp provides opportunities for youth to experience the outdoors through programs and activities intended to improve social networks, self-esteem and overall well-being.