Members of the Similkameen Kulture Kompass staff and volunteers in front of one of the murals they helped paint. The group was recognized with a $15,000 donation by FortisBC. (FortisBC Youtube)

Members of the Similkameen Kulture Kompass staff and volunteers in front of one of the murals they helped paint. The group was recognized with a $15,000 donation by FortisBC. (FortisBC Youtube)

Similkameen’s Kulture Kompass program gets $15k boost from Fortis

The group showcases art by local Indigenous and other minority artists

Keremeos’ Similkameen Kulture Kompass was the recipient of one of three community awards from FortisBC this year.

The Lower Similkameen Community Services Society’s group focuses on meeting the unique needs of local Indigenous groups and other marginalized communities by promoting artists who come from Indigenous, LGBTQ and other minority backgrounds who have struggled to have their voices heard.

The group has showcased art along a hiking trail that links the communities of the Similkameen Valley through pieces such as murals painted by local artists including Madeline Terbasket and Kristie Adair.

The funding from Fortis’ Community Giving Award will go towards more art installations, as well as towards a website that promotes the art trail, artists and shares history on local Elders.

The Community Giving Awards are given out annually to the most deserving non-profits nominated by the members of the Union of B.C. Municipalities, with a focus on recognizing those who work on promoting safety, education, the environment, Indigenous initiatives and other community projects.

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