McGuinty Government Strengthens Aboriginal Communities



    Community Centre Will Benefit Seniors And Community Members

    QUEEN'S PARK, ON, Nov. 30 /CNW/ - Ontario is working with the Chippewas
of the Thames to strengthen their community by assisting with the construction
of a community centre at the Antler River Seniors Complex, Minister of
Aboriginal Affairs Michael Bryant announced today.
    "This project is a perfect example of our government's approach to
Aboriginal Affairs: practical, tangible improvements to Aboriginal
communities, in partnership with the affected First Nations," said Bryant.
"This centre will help to bring the community together and provide a much
needed space for all of its local groups."
    The Ontario government is investing $500,000 through the Aboriginal
Community Capital Grants Program to help build a 5,000-square-foot community
centre as part of the Antler River Seniors Complex. The facility will have
space for recreational activities, a meeting room, office, kitchen and general
television/library room. Once completed, the centre will be open to all
members of the First Nation community.
    "This facility is a great addition to the entire community, especially
for the seniors at Antler River Seniors Complex," added Bryant.

    The Aboriginal Community Capital Grants Program funds projects involving
the construction, acquisition, renovation and expansion of community and small
business centres. For more information on the program contact Tim Sim at
416-314-7217 or visit the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs website at
www.aboriginalaffairs.osaa.gov.on.ca/english/economy/grants.htm.





For further information:

For further information: Greg Crone, Minister's Office, (416) 314-2529;
Merike Nurming, Communications Branch, (416) 326-4079

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