Canada's new government and Kahnawake celebrate start of construction on new high school



    KAHNAWAKE, QC, Sept. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Chuck Strahl,
Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor
for Métis and Non-Status Indians, and Mr. Edward J Cross, Kahnawake's Director
of Education, today announced construction of a new high school at Kahnawake.
    "I am pleased to announce that Canada's New Government is contributing
nearly $10 million towards construction of a state-of-the-art school at
Kahnawake," said Minister Strahl. "We hope that by the 2008/2009 school year
the doors will be open, and Kahnawake students from grades seven to 11 will
keenly gain the skills and knowledge that matter in the new facility."
    Accompanying Minister Strahl at the event was the Honourable
Michael M. Fortier, Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada
and the Minister responsible for Greater Montreal.
    "Canada's New Government recognizes the crucial importance that education
plays in improving the quality of life of First Nations," said
Minister Fortier. "This Government is moving to ensure First Nation students
enjoy the same opportunities as those elsewhere in Canada."
    "The new Kahnawake Survival School is the final project from a Kahnawake
education facilities rebuilding perspective. The new facility provides current
and future students with the opportunity to obtain their secondary education
within the territory of Kahnawake, with curriculum adapted for our unique
cultural needs, all within this beautiful new facility. We appreciate INAC's
significant financial contribution towards the project," said
Mr. Louie John Diabo, Project Manager.
    The new 6,000 square metre Kahnawake Survival School will include
laboratories, computer rooms, a library, a gym, a cafeteria and rooms for
specialized services like art and wood-working. It replaces the school's
current facilities, which include 15 buildings of varying ages and quality.
The school hopes to open its doors to Kahnawake students from grades seven to
11 in time for the 2008/2009 school year.
    The architecture of the new facility was inspired by symbols contained in
the oral history of the Mohawks, but also includes many contemporary designs
for energy efficiency, such as geo-thermal heating and cooling.

    The Mohawk community of Kahnawake is located 10 km southwest of Montréal,
on the south shore of Lake Saint-Louis.

    This news release is also available on the Internet at the following
address: www.inac-ainc.gc.ca




For further information:

For further information: Media Relations - INAC, (819) 953-1160;
Philippe Mailhot, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl,
(819) 997-0002; Hélène Philippe, Regional Communications Manager, INAC Quebec,
(418) 648-4285; Louie John Diabo, Project Manager, Kahnawake Education Centre,
(450) 632-8770


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