Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

May 01, 2009 11:30 ET

Government of Canada Congratulates Stoney Nation on Opening of New School

BIG HORN RESERVE, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 1, 2009) - During a special ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of the new Ta O'tha Community School in the Big Horn community of the Stoney Nation, Parliamentary Secretary John Duncan brought greetings and congratulations from the federal government on behalf of The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians.

"I applaud the Big Horn community on the grand opening of its new school," said Mr. Duncan. "Our Government is proud to have made a financial contribution to the Ta O'tha Community School because it meets the real needs of students from your community and others nearby."

The new school building replaces the existing school facility, which consisted of several attached trailers with no gymnasium. Community members worked closely with representatives from Workum Garrick Partnership (design architects), the Stoney Education Authority, INAC and Crawford Construction. Twelve local community members were employed by on-site contractors.

"Our Government believes that every First Nation student deserves access to education that will encourage them to stay in school, graduate and develop the skills they need to participate in the economy as workers and in their communities as leaders," said Mr. Duncan, in an address to the community.

INAC contributed $18.8 million to the construction of the kindergarten to grade 12 school, which will accommodate 200 students and include a gymnasium and cultural centre. The school has been operational since January 2009.

The remote Big Horn reserve of the Stoney Nation is approximately 100 kilometres west of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. The majority of Stoney members live near the Morley town site, 60 kilometres west of Calgary.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Minister's Office
    Nina Chiarelli
    Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
    Media Relations
    INAC Alberta
    Alberta Regional Office
    Glenn Luff
    Director, Communications
    780-495-6638 (B)
    780-940-9880 (C)