OTTAWA, Jan. 10, 2018 /CNW/ - During a visit to Oneida Nation of the Thames today, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, was pleased to confirm new investments in community infrastructure.
The Department of Indigenous Services Canada is investing $220,000 for renovations to 10 homes in the community. This complements a previous investment of $115,000 through Budget 2016 to support the First Nation in the creation of a housing authority, implementing a housing mentoring partnership with other First Nation housing authorities, and assisting with overall housing management.
The Department is also contributing approximately $38,000 to a feasibility study to potentially upgrade the community's Standing Stone School. This study will define the options that best meet the First Nation's educational needs.
"Everyone deserves the security of a safe and healthy home, and well-maintained schools for students to attend. Our government is pleased to invest in housing and education infrastructure in Oneida Nation of the Thames, with new monies available for housing renovations, and a feasibility study for potential upgrades to Standing Stone School. I was pleased to visit the community January 10, and I would like to thank Chief Phillips and council for the warm welcome."
The Honourable Jane Philpott, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Indigenous Services
- The Oneida Nation of the Thames is located along the eastern shore of the Thames River 30 kilometers south of the City of London. As of December 2017, 2,169 registered members live in the community.
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SOURCE Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
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