Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

March 17, 2009 10:15 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan Delivers New School at the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 17, 2009) - A new school will benefit school-aged children of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation, thanks to the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan.

Larry Miller, Member of Parliament for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, 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 construction of a new elementary school, in partnership with the First Nation, to replace its current facility.

"Our government understands the important role a school plays in harnessing the potential of young minds," said Mr. Miller. "Each lesson taught at school presents the opportunity for our youth to deepen their understanding, to extend their thinking, and to share their knowledge."

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. It will include a new 2,350 m2 facility, complete with play areas, soccer field, track, and basketball court.

"Today marks a new beginning for our community's future generations," said Chief Ralph Akiwenzie. "They will grow through sharing, learning, and we will learn from this generation as well. Today, we are truly shaping tomorrow."

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:

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


Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation's New School

The Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation occupy Neyaashiinigmiing Indian Reserve No. 27 on the eastern shore of the Saugeen (Bruce) Peninsula on Georgian Bay in Ontario. The community is named after Chief Nawash, who fought beside Tecumseh in the war of 1812.

The community is located approximately 26 kilometres from Wiarton, 64 kilometres from Owen Sound, and 250 kilometres from Toronto, Ontario. It is accessible by road year round.

The First Nation's only school, Cape Croker Elementary, was built in the mid-1960's and serves close to 100 students from Kindergarten through Grade 8. The school offers Ojibway language classes and takes measures to incorporate cultural education in its curriculum.

The new K-8 facility is 2,350 m2, complete with a kindergarten play area, grade 1-5 play area, grade 6-8 play area, soccer field, track, and basketball court.

Contact Information

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