CHARLIE LAKE, B.C. – Doig River First Nation is receiving $313,618 to revitalize the Tse’k’wa Heritage and Cultural Centre through the province’s second round of tourism funding.

The funds will be utilized towards the development of interpretive trails and an amphitheatre, renovation of an existing structure into a heritage repository, and the creation of virtual reality exhibits at Tse’k’wa.

The province announced 50 shovel-ready tourism projects receiving a total of $21.3 million on Friday through the 2021 Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program’s (CERIP) Destination Development stream.

The Tse’k’wa Heritage Society received $379,000 through the unique heritage stream last year.

Other Peace region projects to receive CERIP funding in 2021 include the redevelopment of Kin Park in Fort St. John, the new Powder King facility, and the Tumbler Ridge UNESCO Global Geopark multi-use facility.

The province provided $20 million for 54 projects specifically for tourism through the first round of CERIP in February 2021. The second round of funding brings the total provided to tourism projects to $41.3 million for over 100 projects.

“We know tourism infrastructure is a priority for communities. Today, we are responding to this call to action from the sector that will further support its recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport.

“Our investment in tourism creates good-paying jobs that directly support local economies now and will elevate our reputation as a world-class destination for the many visitors looking to return to BC for years to come.”

The province is investing an additional $30 million over the next two years to continue investing in tourism infrastructure throughout BC.