Facilities and infrastructure are the most costly capital investment for any community, both in terms of up-front construction cost as well as ongoing maintenance.
We currently provide services for the following buildings and facilities in place on Coldwater reserve lands:
Community Band Hall
Coldwater Indian Band Store
Located at 399 – 230th Street I.R. # 1 (Fire Hall)
Open Monday to Sunday 7AM to 8PM 250-378-2412
Satellite Band Office
Colwater Community Garden
Solid Waste Transfer Station
Esh-kin-am Cultural Resources Management Office
Their goal is to ensure identification#311 - 230th Street, Coldwater IR #1
PO Box 2159 Merritt, BC V1K 1B8
Phone: (250)315-0085 Fax: (250)315-0084
New Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 9am-4pm, protection and stewardship of indigenous cultural heritage and natural resources.
Comstock Industrial Park - Aspen Planers
2399 Quilchena Avenue, P.O. Box 160
Merritt, B.C., Canada, V1K 1B8
Phone: (250) 378-9266 Fax: (250) 315-4237 Sales: (250) 315-4259
At our Coldwater Post & Rail facility, we produce untreated round Spruce-Pine-Fir (SPF) and Douglas Fir wood products that we market into agricultural, commercial and residential markets.
Opie's Art Studio
Opie Oppenheim Telephone: 250-378-5719 Cell: 250-572-6393
First Nations Artist – Original Paintings, Flutes, Art Cards, Prints; Silver & Gold Jewellery;
We also supply services and maintenance for 125 homes between IR#1 and IR#2. Providing infrastructure for transportation, communication, and services has always been a challenge in light of limited funding, terrain, and our community’s location. We rely on septic systems, which have certain land and soil requirements. This limits what kind of buildings we can build and where. It also affects how quickly we can develop new housing. Transportation to, from and around our main reserve is also a challenge – it’s difficult to get back and forth to Merritt without a vehicle, and roads can be dangerous for pedestrians and bikes.
Similarly, communication infrastructure is limited: along with paving the roads, access to high-speed internet was identified as a priority infrastructure concern by members at engagement events.