By Jonas Gagnon
A host of new books are available to the community as a result of a new initiative from local government.
“As part of the “Capacity Building” funding sponsored by Northern Development Initiative Trust, I thought it would be empowering for community members to be able to take their learning into their own hands,” said Emily Columbo, Economic Development Officer for the district.
There are a total of 38 books being offered to members of the community. The books range from entrepreneurial in nature, to aboriginal law to environmentally focused.
“We’re pretty cut-off from a lot of the supports in the rest of the province in regards to accessing knowledge for business start-up, non profit development, or partnership building, so the books seemed like a good idea. I wanted people to be able to access them where they are already comfortable, which is why I included donations to the Public Library, Nak’azdli and the Secondary School,” said Columbo.
The books are available through a range of different access points. Books can be borrowed from the public library, the district office, the Nak’azdli Band and the Fort St. James Secondary School.
Columbo is happy with the program and would like to pursue it further.
“I hope to be able to add to this community resource again next year,” said Columbo.