FORT ST. JAMES, BC , June 13, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Bernard
Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development,
today congratulates the Nak'azdli Band and celebrates their success on
the completion of the Nak'al Bun (K-7) Elementary School.
Thanks to the hard work and partnership between the First Nation and the
Government of Canada, 158 students from kindergarten to grade seven
will have access to a brand new school. The school features a dedicated
cultural room, an industrial kitchen and educational garden filled with
traditional medicinal plants. Investments also modernize the facility
through sustainable technology such as geothermal heating and a natural
air exchange to ventilate the school.
The Nak'azdli Band has 720 on-reserve members and is situated next to
the town of Fort St. James in north central British Columbia.
In 1994, the Nak'azdli Band purchased a nearby school from the Catholic
Diocese of Prince George and established the Nak'al Bun Elementary
School. The surrounding land was added to the Nak'azdli Band's reserves
through AANDC's Additions to Reserve process in 2010.
Canada invested $10.7 million into the new school with the Nak'azdli
Band contributing an additional $5.4 million.
To see photos and for more information about the Nak'al Bun Elementary
School, please visit the school's website
"First Nations students deserve access to quality education and today's
announcement is a clear demonstration of what can be achieved by
working together. This new, modern facility will play an important role
in this community while helping students reach their full potential. I
would also like to congratulate the Nak'azdli Band who have made this
project a reality and are providing their children with a safe and
inspiring learning environment."
Honourable Bernard Valcourt
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
"The new school has finally become a reality for our community. I really
would like to thank all the people that were involved for investing
their valuable time to make this possible. Thank you to the Government
for their contribution and the staff that were involved in this
project. We are so grateful. Nak'al Bun Elementary School will be a
legacy of our past as this area used to be a gathering place for many
First Nations people. The future of our Nation lies with the education
of our children; it is important that we have the modern facilities to
last for generations to follow."
Chief Fred Sam
Nak'azdli Band Council
SOURCE: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
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