Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

October 15, 2009 13:15 ET

Construction Begins on a New School for the Wabaseemoong First Nation in Ontario

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 15, 2009) - The construction of a new school at the Wabaseemoong First Nation has begun thanks to funding provided through Canada's Economic Action Plan.

Greg Rickford, Member of Parliament for Kenora, on behalf of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians, celebrated the start of construction with the First Nation at a sod turning ceremony in the community today.

"This sod turning ceremony is an important step forward in providing the youth of Wabaseemoong with a facility in which to learn and further develop their skills," said MP Rickford. "This initiative is a concrete example of the Government of Canada's commitment to improve learning environments for First Nation students."

The Government of Canada has allocated approximately $25 million to build the new Kindergarten to Grade 12 facility that will accommodate 460 students. Construction of the school is expected to be complete in 2010-2011. The Wabaseemoong First Nation is located approximately 95 kilometres northwest of Kenora, Ontario.

This project is part of the $200 million for new schools and major renovations included in the $1.4 billion investment for Aboriginal peoples under Canada's Economic Action Plan. The Government of Canada is taking action to improve the lives of First Nations by investing in educational facilities that will provide lasting, sustainable benefits to First Nation communities.

This news release is available on the Internet at: www.inac-ainc.gc.ca

For more information on Canada's Economic Action Plan visit: www.actionplan.gc.ca

IF THERE IS A DISCREPANCY BETWEEN ANY PRINTED VERSION AND THE ELECTRONIC VERSION OF THIS NEWS RELEASE, THE ELECTRONIC VERSION WILL PREVAIL.

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This news release is available online at: www.actionplan.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Minister's Office
    Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Press Secretary
    819-997-0002
    or
    Media Relations
    Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
    819-953-1160