Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

February 26, 2010 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Congratulates North Spirit Lake First Nation

Canada's Economic Action Plan invests in new school

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 26, 2010) - 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 Métis and Non-Status Indians, today announced that the North Spirit Lake First Nation has awarded the contract for its new school. This project was made possible through Canada's Economic Action Plan.

"Our Government believes First Nation youth deserve the best possible facilities in which to learn and thrive," said MP Greg Rickford. "Our government is working in partnership with North Spirit Lake to ensure its youth will attend classes in a healthy and safe environment and build life skills for a strong future. Our Government's Economic Action Plan is creating local jobs and helping to stimulate the economy."

North Spirit Lake First Nation Chief Rita Thompson said, "the new school will improve the educational outcomes for the community's students. The school represents hope for our young people, who will one day be our leaders."

Through the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan, an investment of approximately $15 million is building the new Kindergarten to Grade 9 facility that will accommodate 90 students. Construction of the school is expected to be complete in 2011. 

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 Nation peoples and stimulate economic growth in First Nation communities through targeted infrastructure investments. Investments in school infrastructure projects will help ensure First Nation students have a strong and productive educational experience, which starts with access to quality infrastructure that is conducive to learning. 

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Contact Information

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