Posted on: April 7, 2017

Focus group discussion on the socio-economic impact of the Revelstoke Dam

The WFN Title and Rights Department will host a WFN Member focus group discussion, on April 12, 2017, to better understand how theproposed addition of a sixth turbine to the Revelstoke Dam may impact WFN Members’ quality of life and well-being (past, ongoing, and future impacts).

The Title and Rights Department is currently working to prepare research and materials for this environmental assessment, and this session will help bring forward what matters most to WFN Members.

Event Details:

Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Time: 9:30am to 2:00pm
Location: IGA Boardroom, WFN Government Building, 515 Hwy 97 S

Background, Upcoming Survey

Beginning in April, 2017, WFN will undertake a socio-economic study related to the expansion of the Revelstoke Dam known as the “Revelstoke Generating Station Unit 6 Project”. The study will include focus groups, community meetings and a survey.

Community meetings and individual interviews will focus on examining the impacts and benefits of the Dam on social, economic, and cultural wellbeing.

A survey will run from mid-April to May 31st. Up to 300 WFN households (on and off reserve) will be randomly selected to participate. Members will be contacted by mail, phone, or an in-person visit from WFN staff. To ensure a fair representation of males and females of different ages (19 years and older), staff will use a standard protocol to select one WFN adult in the household.

The survey includes questions on: past and present harvesting, recent seasonal consumption of plants, game, and fish harvested within ONA territory, education and employment (current status and interests), health and safety, household income and food affordability.

All information is confidential. Neither names nor households will be linked to the survey information. Participating households will receive a gift card and be entered into one draw.

This information will be used by WFN to have a solid understanding of WFN members’ well-being, harvesting practices, and concerns and impacts regarding the Revelstoke Dam. The results will be shared and verified with WFN members in August, 2017.

For more information, or to RSVP, contact Nancy Bonneau, WFN Archaeology Supervisor/Researcher, at 250-769-2440.

WFN Title and Rights / Archaeology Office