Canada's New Government invests more than $46 million in Infrastructure at Pikangikum First Nation



    OTTAWA, April 10 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of
Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and
Non-Status Indians, today announced in a visit to the community more than $46
million to improve infrastructure at Pikangikum First Nation.
    "Canada's New Government is pleased to invest in improving living
conditions at Pikangikum First Nation. We are committed to assisting the First
Nation in its efforts to become a healthier, and more sustainable community."
    Canada's New Government through the Regional Major Capital Plan for
Ontario of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), has identified close to
$41 million over five years (2007-2008 through 2011-2012), to address
infrastructure issues at Pikangikum. These include:
    
    - $18.2 million to build a new school for Kindergarten to Grade 12;
    - $12.9 million to complete an upgrade of the current diesel generation
      system, as well as to connect Pikangikum to Ontario's hydro grid;
    - $9.7 million to expand and improve water and wastewater systems; and
    - close to $200,000 to assess and remediate environmental issues in the
      community.

    Prior to this five-year investment, INAC has also provided approximately
$5.4 million in 2006-2007 to assist Pikangikum with improvements to community
infrastructure, including:

    - $3.9 million for equipment and material to build new homes, and repair
      existing homes;
    - $740,000 for water system repairs; and
    - more than $725,000 to upgrade the diesel-generating plant, and for
      preparation work to connect Pikangikum to Ontario's hydro grid.
    
    Pikangikum First Nation is located approximately 90 kilometres north of
Red Lake, Ontario, and approximately 80 kilometres east of the
Ontario-Manitoba border It has close to 2,100 members with 2,000 on reserve.
The community is accessible year-round by air, and by ice road during the
coldest months of winter.

    This release is also available at: www.inac.gc.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Bill Rodgers, Director of Communications,
Office of the Honourable Jim Prentice, (819) 997-0002; Greg Coleman,
A/Director Executive Services and Communications, INAC Ontario Region, (416)
973-2281; Media Relations, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, (819) 953-1160

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