SIRCAAQ receives $18.4M to support building three Indigenous housing centres

December 2, 2020
The Government of Quebec will provide $18.4M to the Société immobilière of the Regroupement des centres d’amitié autochtones du Québec (SIRCAAQ) to support the building of three housing centres for Indigenous students. The centres will be located in Trois–Rivières, Sept-Îles, and another location that is still to be determined. These centres will provide safe and affordable housing to Indigenous students and their families, as well as culturally-relevant services intended to help students stay in school and experience educational success. “These community settings will reduce the feelings of isolation and loneliness experienced by students who attend large urban educational institutions,” said Ian Lafrenière, Minister Responsible for Indigenous Affairs. “I hope that in these new facilities, with appropriate services and support, and surrounded by their families, the students will flourish in a setting that is conducive to the pursuit of studies and will achieve all the success they deserve.” Nation Talk (QC)