Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

March 13, 2009 12:45 ET

Government of Canada Congratulates Saanich First Nations on Opening of New School

DISTRICT OF SAANICH, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 13, 2009) - Today, the First Nation communities of Tsartlip, Pauquachin, Tseycum and Tsawout celebrated the opening of their new Lau,welnew Tribal High School on Vancouver Island.

"I would like to congratulate these four First Nations on the opening of their new school," said the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport) and Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands, on behalf of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development Canada and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians. "The Government of Canada is proud to support projects like this that ensure Aboriginal youth have access to educational facilities where they can learn and develop the skills needed to succeed."

The Government of Canada is taking action to improve the lives of First Nations. Investments in school infrastructure projects will help ensure First Nation students have a strong and productive educational experience in quality learning environments that are conducive to learning. This project received $7 million in funding from the Government of Canada to support construction of a new junior high school building, expansion of the existing elementary school, seismic upgrades and other site improvements.

Lau,welnew Tribal School is administered by the Saanich Indian School Board and is located on the Saanich Peninsula near the small community of Brentwood Bay, fifteen kilometres north of Victoria, British Columbia. The school serves the Saanich Peninsula First Nations of Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum and Pauquachin.

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  • Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Nina Chiarelli
    Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
    Media Relations