Canada's new government invests more than $50 million to improve First Nations learning environments

    CALGARY, April 5 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of
Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and
Non-Status Indians, today announced an investment of more than $50 million for
school infrastructure projects across Canada.
    "Canada's New Government believes that First Nations learners deserve the
best possible facilities in which they can learn and thrive," said Minister
Prentice. "We are proud to make this investment to ensure young people across
Canada can attend healthy and safe schools that measure up to standards in
other parts of the country."
    This $50 million investment will be used to help fund 12 projects across
Canada, ranging from the construction of new schools, renovation projects and
supporting design and planning phases for education infrastructure.
    Projects taking place across the country that highlight some of the key
work being done to provide First Nations students with improved learning
environments include:

    SunChild School - $10.75 million over three years, toward the expansion
    of the current Kindergarten to Grade 12 school at Sunchild First Nation.

    Big Horn Ta Otha School - $12 million over three years, toward the
    construction of a new school to replace the existing collection of
    classroom portables at Stoney Tribe First Nation.

    Morley School - $2.48 million over three years, toward the construction
    of a new gymnasium at Stoney Tribe's Morley elementary school.

    Pelican Narrows High School - $220,000 toward the initial design work on
    a proposed renovation/addition to the school located in Peter Ballantyne
    Cree Nation in northern Saskatchewan.

    James Smith School Renovation - $500,000 toward the major renovation,
    including a roof repair, located in the community of James Bay in central

    Unamen Shipu - $270,000 toward the construction of a fourplex to
    accommodate teachers that come from outside the community. The remote
    community, on the lower north shore, is not accessible by road.

    Opitciwan - $60,000 to fund initial plans and specifications to implement
    a new ventilation system in the elementary school. The community of
    Opitciwan is located in Haute-Mauricie.

    Matimekush - $100,000 to accelerate the rehabilitation project of its
    school, which is currently in the construction phase. The community is
    located in a remote area bordering Labrador, NL and is only accessible by
    air or train.

    Whitefish River First Nation - $2.3 million toward the design and
    construction of a new school, in the Objibway community located about
    70 kilometres southwest of Sudbury.

    Shubenacadie and Waycobah Schools - $7.5 million toward the construction
    of two new schools over two years. The new on-reserve schools will be
    constructed to accommodate Kindergarten to Grade 12 programs.

    Shubenacadie Band is located 28 kilometres southwest of Truro,
    Nova Scotia and Waycobah First Nation is located 70 kilometres west of
    Sydney, Nova Scotia.

    Sheshatshiu Innu School - $14.6 million over three years, toward the
    construction of a new school.  Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation is located
    40 kilometres southwest of Happy Valley-Goose Bay in Labrador.

For further information:

For further information: Deirdra McCracken, Press Secretary, Office of
the Honourable Jim Prentice, (819) 997-0002; Media Relations, Indian and
Northern Affairs Canada, (819) 953-1160

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