Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

November 19, 2010 17:00 ET

Minister Duncan Congratulates the Innu Community of Uashat mak Mani-Utenam on the Inauguration of its New Administrative Centre

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 19, 2010) - The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, expressed his sincere congratulations to members of the Innu community of Uashat mak Mani-Utenam on the inauguration of their new administrative centre.

"Our Government is proud to be a partner with the Uashat mak Mani-Utenam First Nation in the construction of the community's new administrative centre," said Minister Duncan. "This investment demonstrates our dedication to working with partners to provide First Nations with the tools they need to create economic development opportunities."

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada contributed $700,000 in fiscal year 2010-11, under its Capital Facilities and Maintenance program to support construction of the centre. In addition, the First Nation invested $4.3 million and the Secrétariat aux affaires autochtones du Québec contributed $1 million.

"The new administrative centre will accommodate the growing population of the community," said the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Natural Resources. "The construction of the new centre will help the First Nation improve the quality of services offered."

"I am particularly proud of this accomplishment by my administration. We have developed several programs and sectors over the last few years in order to better serve our people and this building will enable us to continue on this path," said Mr George-Ernest Grégoire, Chief of the community of Uashat mak Mani-Utenam. "We want to thank Indian and Northern Affairs Canada for its financial contribution, which allowed us to see this project through all the way to the end."

The Uashat mak Mani-Utenam First Nation includes more than 300 permanent employees and serves a growing population of about 3,800 people. The old administrative centre could no longer meet the needs of the community and several services were offered out of different buildings. The new centre, with a floor space of 2,700 square meters and approximately four times the size of the old building, will bring all services offered by band council to its members under one roof.

Profile of Uashat mak Mani-Utenam First Nation

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