A local man is spearheading a dry New Year’s event for the District of Port Hardy.
The issue was initially raised at the second meeting of the fledgling First Nations Relations Committee held Feb. 24.
Eddy Lagrosse distributed a handout outlining plans for a dry New Year’s Eve party where families could come and have fun and enjoy food, music, dancing, karaoke and activities for children.
Lagrosse suggested the district, First Nations, Port Hardy Secondary School and service groups, churches etc. could help make the event a success.
He suggested fund-raising could be done at upcoming community events such as Filomi Days.
The First Nations Relations committee members discussed the proposed event. While, they supported it in principle, they felt it was outside their mandate.
The committee suggested Lagrosse put together a budget estimate and present it to local First Nation councils and service clubs for their input and support.
He was also advised of the Sept. 30 deadline for grant applications to the District of Port Hardy.
“I think it would be a great thing to get everybody together,” said Lagrosse in an interview.
“Having the three bands and the community gathering in a positive way” would be good not only for adults, but for the children, he said.
“If we all use our resources and put (them) together and unite, it would make it a great thing,” he said.
Lagrosse said he is currently trying to recruit people to sit on a committee to organize the event.
For those interested in helping, or for more information, please contact Eddie Lagrosse at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Facebook, or by phoning 250-902-9620.