First Nations education centre in Thunder Bay to get major overhaul

May 1, 2019

Matawa Education and Care Centre has received an investment of over $16M from Indigenous Services Canada for renovations, including new classrooms, a gymnasium, and a student residence. An investigation into the deaths of seven First Nations students who were attending school in Thunder Bay recommended that the students needed a residence or living facility when moving to the city. The City of Thunder Bay gifted the building of a former retirement lodge to the Matawa First Nations in 2017, and it has since been developed into an education and care centre for up to 200 students.  “This will go a long way in bridging those cultural divides in the city of Thunder Bay,” said Liberal MP for Thunder Bay-Rainy River Don Rusnak. “It’s completely different, you get to socialize more with students and teachers and they have cultural activities here as well as after-school programs,” said Grade 12 student Andy Beaver. “It’s a really good experience.” The centre is expected to be completed in Fall 2020.  APTN News | Nation Talk