Nishnawbe Aski Nation

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April 17, 2019


THUNDER BAY, ON (April 17, 2019 ): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, on behalf of the Executive Council, congratulates Matawa First Nations on today's announcement of $16 million in federal funding for the Matawa Education and Care Centre:

“On behalf of NAN, I congratulate the Chiefs of Matawa. The Chiefs of Matawa had a vision to create a safe and supportive learning environment for their students. They put together a team and a plan and had a willing federal government partner and that is what we are celebrating here today. I am very happy that this project will be completed as the beneficiaries will be our children and this will help them move along in their education journeys. This is a great example of what can be accomplished when we have strong First Nation leadership working together with willing Treaty partners.”

The investments and renovations to the Matawa Education and Care Centre addresses the Seven Youth Inquest jury recommendations which look to ensure adequate and safe education facilities for students who must leave their community to attend school in Thunder Bay.

The federal government is investing more than $16 million in upgrades which including: new classrooms, a student residence and a gymnasium.

Matawa Tribal Council consists of nine First Nation communities within NAN territory: Aroland First Nation, Constance Lake First Nation, Eabametoong First Nation, Ginoongaming First Nation, Long Lake #58 First Nation, Marten Falls First Nation, Neskantaga First Nation, Nibinamik First Nation, and Webequie First Nation.

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