4 Manitoba First Nations partner with feds on school infrastructure project

March 25, 2015

Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Bernard Valcourt has announced an education infrastructure partnership with 4 Manitoba First Nations that will allow the renovation or construction of on-reserve schools. Bunibonibee Cree Nation, God’s Lake First Nation, Manto Sipi Cree Nation, and Wasagamack First Nation have partnered on the project, which will result in cost savings due to centralized project management and bundled shipping and materials costs. The school projects will now proceed to the design stage; the budget for the project will be determined once designs and tenders are chosen. Funding for the project will come from a $500 M First Nations school infrastructure fund, announced last December. "God’s Lake First Nation is pleased that we are moving forward with this project that will help accommodate our high school students who currently have to leave the community to continue their education after grade 9,” said Chief Gilbert Andrews. Canada News Release | CBC | Global News | Thompson Citizen