Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

September 23, 2010 13:00 ET

Minister Duncan Congratulates Mosakahiken Cree Nation on Completion and Opening of Frontier Mosakahiken School

MOSAKAHIKEN, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Sept. 23, 2010) - Mosakahiken Cree Nation, in partnership with Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Frontier School Division and the Province of Manitoba, celebrate the grand opening of Frontier Mosakahiken School. The new school replaces the Frontier School Division's Rod Martin School that was destroyed by fire in 2005.

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada contributed $21.4 million towards the $34 million project, with the remaining cost being covered by Frontier School Division's insurance provider and the Province of Manitoba. The facility includes 24 classrooms, 34 new teacherages and a gymnasium. The site also contains a baseball diamond, soccer pitch and outdoor hockey rink. In addition, space has been allotted for a future indoor hockey rink adjacent to the school. The school will serve students from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

"Our Government recognizes that education plays a crucial role in improving the quality of life of First Nations," said the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians. "We are committed to making the investments that will ensure Aboriginal peoples enjoy the same education opportunities as other Canadians."

"The new school will provide more education and recreation opportunities for students living in the Mosakahiken Cree Nation," said the Honourable Vic Toews, Member of Parliament for Provencher and Minister of Public Safety. "Today's celebrations demonstrate our dedication to working with our partners to provide First Nations with the tools they need to build a brighter future for their children."

Mosakahiken Cree Nation is located approximately 470 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg and has an estimated population of 1,860. The First Nation's new school will accommodate approximately 650 students. 

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