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Buildings and Infrastructure

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;

Catholic Church



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.

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nc'łetkʷu Band School

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nc'łetkʷu Band School
Coldwater School provides K to 12 including cultural studies and interpretation of history as it relates to the Coldwater aboriginal community. Coldwater and non-members are most welcomed at this wonderful school. 250-378-9261  The school also has its own web site at

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Volunteer Fire Department

The Coldwater Indian Band Volunteer Fire Department features a modern building in the centre of the village area of IR #1. This volunteer fire department has twenty volunteers, a dozen which have the certified level one fire training provided by First Nations Emergency Services.  The building planning and construction phase was over the period 1993/95

Coldwater Band Fire HallColdwater Indian Band Volunteer Fire Department actively participates in fundraisers, competitions, security, first aid for responders program, emergency searches, and fire protection.  Coldwater Indian Band Volunteer Fire Department is committed to providing the Community and its membership with Fire Protection and Public Safety Education throughout the Reserve of the Coldwater Indian Band.


Coldwater Band Fire Department Unit 1 - Pumper Truck

Unit One: 1996 Freightliner 4X4 with a 625 GPM pump 500 gal water Capacity, Acquired November 1995 Built by Hub Fire Engines

Coldwater Band Fire Department Unit 2 - Foam Truck

Unit Two: 1999 Ford F450 4X4 with A Compressed Air Foam (CAFS) unit on board 200 gal water holding tank Acquired October 1999 built By Hub Fire Engines.

The Coldwater Indian Band Community subdivision consists contains over two dozen fire hydrants supplied by a 100,000 gal, 20,000 gal, and a 10,000, gal reservoirs. Additionally, the fire units are equipment to draft water from nearby water sources if required.

Area of Coverage includes over 120 single family dwellings, 10 Community Buildings, Coldwater Post & Rail, and a School K to 12. Coldwater Volunteer Fire Department has a First Responder program with British Columbia Ambulance Service for assistance on the Coldwater Road. The Ministry of Forests Protection Branch and Coldwater Fire Department actively work on prescribed burns within the Coldwater Indian Reserves. Natural Resources Canada and the Coldwater Band are working on a forest fuel management planning and implementation 2005/06 project for the community.

Fire Hall: Non-emergency is 250-378-2412 or 250-378-6174 For an Emergency call 911 prescribed fire 1 m prescribed fire 2 mprescribed fire 3 m

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