The Cariboo Regional District and Regional District of Fraser-Fort George are providing a total of $10,000 in grants to Barkerville Heritage Trust to support the construction of a replicate Williams Creek Schoolhouse.
Each regional district is contributing $5,000 to Barkerville’s efforts to rebuild the Williams Creek Schoolhouse. The 12 electoral areas of the CRD along with municipalities of 100 Mile House, Quesnel, Wells and Williams Lake contributed equally to raise its $5,000 grant.
The original schoolhouse was destroyed by fire decades ago. School children and their teachers on fieldtrips have their 1860 “Schoolhouse Experience” in a cramped space less than half the size of the original school. The funding announcement was made during a joint meeting between the two Regional Districts held in Barkerville on Friday. As part of the festivities, both regional districts signed the “Barkerville Accord,” where they both agree to work collaboratively on issues of mutual interest in advancing the economic well-being and prosperity of the North and Central regions of B.C.