Infrastructure

Infrastructure refers to those physical elements of a community that together support human habitation and activity.  In the case of the Soda Creek Band (SCIB), infrastructure includes such things as roads, bridges, water and sewer lines and community buildings.

The two reserves of the SCIB are adjacent to Highway 97 North and are accessed through exits from the highway.  Travelling north from Williams Lake, one will first encounter the Deep Creek Reserve approximately twenty (20) kilometres from the city of Williams Lake.  The Deep Creek Reserve is the administrative centre of the SCIB.  Located on the Reserve are the SCIB Administration Building, the SCIB Health Centre, the Community Hall and the Natural Resources Building.  Also, on the Reserve are the Economic Development and Maintenance Buildings, as well as the Maintenance Compound which is used to secure Band Owned equipment and vehicles.  All of the buildings, as well as the houses on Reserve, are serviced by a central water system that is monitored and managed by SCIB staff.  Septic systems are used for the disposal of waste materials.  Fire hydrants are placed throughout the Reserve, with fire protection provided by the Wildwood, BC Volunteer Fire Department.

The Soda Creek Reserve is a further fifteen kilometres north of the Deep Creek Reserve.  The Reserve is bordered by Highway 97N and the Fraser River.  There are no administration buildings on this Reserve although it is home to a number of SCIB members, as well as the Soda Creek Emporium.  The Emporium is currently vacant, but did operate as a restaurant for a number of years.  AS with Deep Creek, water is provided through a central water system and septic systems are used for the disposal of waster materials.  Roads are not paved and there is no street lighting.  At the western edge of the Reserve and immediately adjacent to the Fraser River is the Xatśūll Heritage Village.  This is tourism venture that provides insights for visitors into the heritage and culture of the Xatśūll people.