MANAWAN, QC, Oct. 24, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Bernard Valcourt,
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, extended his
congratulations to the Atikamekw of Manawan community on today's grand
opening of the Otapi high school (César Newashish) following work to
expand and renovate the school facility.
"The education and academic success of Aboriginal students is a priority
for the Government of Canada," said Minister Valcourt. "Our government
is determined to work with First Nation communities to ensure that
students have access to quality learning environment."
"The Atikamekw of Manawan Council and the Educational Services Branch
are facing major challenges, with a school population that is
increasing year after year, leading to constantly growing needs in
terms of classroom space," said Paul-Émile Ottawa, Chief of the
Atikamekw of Manawan Council. "We would like to thank the Government of
Canada as the project has received substantial funding from Ottawa."
The Otapi school, built in 1996, serves about 275 students from
Secondary 1 to Secondary 5 (grades 7 to 12). The building needed
additional space to accommodate the anticipated increase in the number
of students over the next five years. The project was made possible
through an investment of approximately $3.1 million under Canada's Economic Action Plan.
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada continues to make
major investments, approximately $200 million annually, to support
school infrastructure in First Nations communities across the country.
The Atikamekw of Manawan community, located 120 kilometres west of La
Tuque and 72 kilometres north of Saint-Michel-des-Saints, has 2,588
members, 2,212 of whom live on reserve. For further information, please
consult the Community Profile.
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SOURCE: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern