Canada's New Government congratulates Aroland First Nation on new school opening



    AROLAND FIRST NATION, ON, Sept. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Chuck
Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal
Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today congratulated the Aroland
First Nation on the opening of the Johnny Therriault School.
    "Canada's New Government believes that First Nations youth deserve the
best possible facilities in which to learn and thrive," said Minister Strahl.
"We are proud to ensure First Nation youth can attend healthy and safe schools
that measure up to standards in other parts of the country."
    Aroland First Nation Chief Sam Kashkeesh said the new school will improve
the educational outcomes for the community's students. "The school represents
hope for our young people, who will one day be our leaders."
    Indian and Northern Affairs Canada provided approximately $8 million for
the new school. The 1,760 square-metre facility will house Kindergarten to
Grade 8 classrooms to accommodate up to 120 students and has a full gymnasium.
Construction began on the school in October 2005.
    Canada's New Government continues to make investments in education
facilities across Canada. This commitment improves learning environments
through funding and support for construction, expansion, renovation, repair,
design, and planning. It also provides annual operation and maintenance
funding.

    The Aroland First Nation is located 400 kilometres northeast of Thunder
Bay, Ontario, with a membership of approximately 594. The community is
accessible by road year round.




For further information:

For further information: Media Relations - INAC, (819) 953-1160; Linda
Britt, A/Communications Officer, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, (807)
624-1559; Stephanie Ash, Communications Officer, Aroland First Nation, (807)
767-4443; This release is also available at: www.inac-ainc.gc.ca


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