Fishing Lake First Nation to break ground for new, much-needed school in 2018

January 10, 2018

Fishing Lake First Nation will be breaking ground on a new school this year. CBC explains that the new school was originally discussed with the federal government a decade ago during a treaty land entitlement agreement, but faced a number of delays. In mid-December 2017, however, Chief Derek Sunshine received a letter from Indigenous and Northern Affairs stating that the project would go ahead despite incomplete paperwork. The new school is expected to be completed in two years, and will replace six portable units. “Some of the classrooms are smaller than others,” explained Principal Melanie Laplante. “The challenges are there to be able to, as one teacher, to teach and get across to those three grades your curriculum — exactly what you want academically for them to know getting out of the first grade.” CBC