Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

March 25, 2009 12:31 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan Delivers New High School for Opaskwayak Cree Nation

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 25, 2009) - A new school will benefit Opaskwayak Cree Nation, thanks to the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan (http://www.budget.gc.ca/2009/home-accueil-eng.asp).

The Honourable Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board, on behalf of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians, today announced construction of a new high school, in partnership with the First Nation.

"First Nations children deserve to have the best possible facilities in which they can thrive," said Minister Toews. "The construction of the new high school for Opaskwayak will provide a safe, healthy learning environment for First Nation students to grow and reach for their dreams."

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 new school will have 17 classrooms. It can hold up to 431 grade 7-12 students on-reserve. The school will have many resources, including a-multi-purpose room, library resource centre, and science and computer rooms.

The Government of Canada is taking action to improve the lives of First Nations and stimulate economic growth in First Nation communities through targeted investments in infrastructure. Support for school infrastructure projects such as this one 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.

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

Backgrounders on First Nations Infrastructure and Capital Facilities and Maintenance Program are also available on the Internet at: www.inac-ainc.gc.ca

First Nations profiles are available on the Internet at: http://www.ainc-inac.gc.ca/ap/fn/index-eng.asp

Contact Information

  • INAC
    Media Relations
    819-953-1160
    or
    Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Nina Chiarelli, Press Secretary
    819-997-0002