Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

March 10, 2009 18:04 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan Delivers a Major School Renovation Project for Nuxalk First Nation in British Columbia

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 10, 2009) - Members of the Nuxalk First Nation will benefit from a major school renovation project, thanks to the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan.

John Duncan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, on behalf of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development Canada and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians, today announced funding support for renovations at the Acwsalcta School in the First Nation community of Nuxalk.

"The Government of Canada is committed to improving educational outcomes for First Nations children," said Duncan. "Ensuring that First Nations have safe and healthy facilities that meet the educational needs of their growing communities is critical to ensuring that First Nation students acquire the skills needed to succeed."

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 the Economic Action Plan. Funding from the Government of Canada will support the addition of classroom space, seismic improvements, fire suppression improvements and general building upgrades. These renovations will greatly benefit current students and provide the needed capacity and facilities for the future.

"The Nuxalk Nation is extremely proud of our Acwsalcta School. Our children are the future of our Nation and we need to provide a comfortable learning environment to ensure cultural and academic success," said Nuxalk Nation Chief Spencer Siwallace. "These long awaited renovations will provide much needed space and amenities to help achieve our goal of giving our children the best education possible. We anticipate that this project will also provide our people with training and experience which will give the Nuxalk economy a vital boost as we strive to become a major economic force in the region."

The Government of Canada is taking action to improve the lives of First Nations 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.

Project costs will be identified following the competitive tendering process.

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Backgrounders on First Nations Infrastructure and Capital Facilities and Maintenance Program are also available on the Internet at:

Contact Information

  • INAC
    Media Relations
    Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Nina Chiarelli
    Press Secretary