POUCE COUPE, B.C. – The Village of Pouce Coupe is looking for help to fund its annual Canada Day celebration.

The municipality recently sent a letter to the Peace River Regional District requesting financial support. Directors took the letter as information and discussed the matter on Thursday.

Electoral Area D Director Leonard Hiebert says it would be wise to distinguish whether the village wants a letter of support to continue their yearly heritage grant, or funding outright from the PRRD.

“Going forward I have no problem supporting them out of Area D, because we do so many things together anyway. The question I have is looking for support from the board – what exactly would they be looking for?”

Pouce Coupe Councillor Barb Smith says it’s the latter – direct funding, noting that flooding in recent years has taken out infrastructure used during the summer to fundraise for Canada Day.

“The last couple of years it’s been financially supported by the village, but we can’t continue that. We’ve always supported the parade, but the activities, it’s expensive and we can’t afford it. So we want to reach out for contributions,” she said.

Electoral Area E Director Dan Rose asked if there’s a new society being formed to tackle the issue, or if it will be handled by the village, noting the Northern Initiative Development Trust has funding available.

“I know there’s other grant money through NDIT for annual events, up to $2,500 dollars a year, I think, for societies, or those kinds of things. I don’t know if municipalities can get that money or not,” he said.

It was suggested the creation of a sponsorship package could be then to offered to interested parties.

“If the regional district is going to start sponsoring community events, then that’s fine with me,” said Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman.

Smith agreed to take the idea back to her council for further discussion. Canada Day in the village has always been partially funded from a Heritage Canada grant, with community members volunteering their time.