Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

March 23, 2009 15:51 ET

Government of Canada Announces New School for Chemainus First Nation in British Columbia

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 23, 2009) - Members of the Chemainus First Nation will benefit from a major school construction project as a result of an investment made by the Government of Canada.

The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians, today announced support for construction of the new Stu"ate Lelum Secondary School for the First Nation community of Chemainus.

"Providing quality learning environments is an essential component for educational success," said Minister Strahl. "The Government of Canada is pleased to be investing in a project that will provide the Chemainus community with an educational facility that meets the need of their growing community and will help students acquire the skills they need to succeed."

The new secondary school will serve the Chemainus First Nation community's Grade 7-12 students and replace the existing educational facility which is undersized and consists of several portables and a converted restaurant. The new school will be located near the core of the First Nation where other community services exist such as the elementary school, elders centre, daycare, community buildings and sport facilities.

"Education of our young children and adults has always been a high priority for the Chemainus First Nation leaders and community," said Chemainus First Nation Councillor and Education Coordinator Charlotte Elliott. "A properly designed and equipped secondary school will assist us in accelerating the vision of providing for our next generation."

The Government of Canada is taking action to improve the lives of First Nations and investing in educational facilities that will provide lasting, sustainable benefits to First Nation communities.

Project costs will be identified following the competitive tendering process.

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


BACKGROUNDER

Stu"ate Lelum Secondary School

The Chemainus First Nation is located near Ladysmith on Vancouver Island. It has 1139 members with 636 living on reserve. Three of its four reserves are populated, with the largest community on Chemainus IR 13.

The new Stu"ate Lelum Secondary School will provide the Chemainus First Nation with a new educational facility that will replace the existing undersized facility. The existing facility is not located on the community's main reserve and consists of a converted restaurant and several portables. It does not have a gymnasium or playing field.

The new school will be located on Chemainus IR 13 and will serve a projected enrolment of 144 Grade 7-12 students. The school will be located in the core of the First Nation, will have access to the sports facilities, and will be near other community services in the area including an elementary school, elders centre, daycare and community buildings.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Minister's Office
    Nina Chiarelli
    819-997-0002
    or
    Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
    Media Relations
    819-953-1160