Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

January 30, 2012 11:04 ET

Harper Government Works With Pikangikum First Nation to Improve Teacher Residences

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 30, 2012) - The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, announced today that the Harper Government is investing to help the Pikangikum First Nation address mould issues as well as the purchase of new residences.

"Our Government and the First Nation leadership worked together to quickly prioritize the needs of students and teachers and ensure students return to school," said Minister Duncan. "Working together, our shared goal is to ensure the health and safety of the teachers and minimal disruption to the school year."

School resumed on January 9, 2012, for some elementary classes whose teachers remained in the community, but no secondary classes. All students were back in school on Friday, January 27, 2012. Instruction time lost as a result will be added to the end of the school year in June 2012.

"Our Government is working with First Nations to deliver concrete and tangible solutions," added Greg Rickford, Member of Parliament for Kenora and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. "Today's announcement means that by working collaboratively we have found a solution that is in the best interest of the community and ensures that all students are now back in school."

The Government of Canada will continue to work with First Nation partners across Canada to deliver tangible and lasting results.

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Contact Information

  • Minister's Office
    Jan O'Driscoll
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Honourable John Duncan
    819-997-0002

    Media Relations
    Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
    819-953-1160