MALIOTENAM, QC, Aug. 3, 2017 /CNW/ - On a visit to the community of Uashat mak Mani-Utenam, the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, on behalf of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, announced investments totalling over $14 million for various infrastructure and housing projects. These investments contribute directly to the quality of life of the residents of Uashat mak Mani-Utenam.
Most of these investments will serve the community's youth, who will benefit from the expansion of three schools, the addition of a gymnasium and the development of a park. To support the community, investments will also be dedicated to the development of approximately 10 housing lots and infrastructure expansion that will allow for the eventual addition of 20 more.
"Students thrive when they are proud of their school and when they can benefit from an environment that allows them to foster a strong personal and cultural identity. We are pleased to work with Uashat mak Mani-Utenam to create a space for their youth where they can fulfill their dreams."
The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs
"We continue to work with Indigenous communities in a true spirit of reconciliation to make them and Canada a better place for all of us. The investments announced today, especially for the schools, are an eloquent example of this."
The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, P.C., M.P.
Minister of National Revenue
"I am happy to see that present and future generations are going to have spacious, well-equipped schools. In addition to the expansion of the schools and the addition of a gymnasium, the members of our community, especially our young people, will also have the benefit of a park and a playing field. I want to express our appreciation to the federal government for having fulfilled its commitment to fund our infrastructure."
Policy Advisor to the Uashat mak Mani-Utenam Band Council
- In Budget 2016, the Government of Canada committed $8.4 billion over five years to improve the socio-economic conditions of Indigenous peoples and their communities and bring about transformational change.
- Budget 2017 invests an additional $4 billion over 10 years, starting in 2018–19, to build and improve housing, water treatment systems, health facilities and other community infrastructure. This investment will be delivered through the second phase of green infrastructure and social infrastructure funding.
- Uashat mak Mani-Utenam consists of the reserves of Uashat and Maliotenam. The community has 4,612 members, 3,504 of them residents.
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