Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

March 05, 2009 14:49 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan Delivers New School for Little Red River Cree Nation in Northern Alberta

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 5, 2009) - A new school will benefit First Nations in Fox Lake, Alberta thanks to the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan.

Chris Warkentin, Member of Parliament for Peace River, on behalf of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development Canada and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today announced funding for a new elementary school located on the isolated Fox Lake reserve of the Little Red River Cree Nation in northern Alberta. Also part of the funded project will be a retrofit of the existing school on the reserve.

"Construction of a new school and upgrading the existing facilities at the Fox Lake Reserve is a priority under the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan," said MP Warkentin. "The existing school was built to accommodate 460 students. School enrolment since then has almost doubled and there has been no upgrading to the existing school. It is crucially important that the students in this remote area have a school facility that will allow students to get a quality education."

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 elementary school will house students from kindergarten to grade six. The retrofit of the existing school will house students from grade seven to grade 12. Both of these facilities will accommodate a total of 780 students. The design and tendering process of the new school has already been initiated and construction will begin as soon as possible.

"Education is so important to our people, it is the key to everything," said Little Red River Cree Nation Chief Gus Loonskin. "I am very pleased the Government of Canada has come forward with funding for our school and we look forward to the beginning of construction."

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.

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

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

Contact Information

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