Improving First Nations schools on reserve

Since September 2016, as many as 1,970 students have started school in one of six new schools in First Nations communities.

Through Budget 2016, the Government of Canada is investing $969.4 million over five years in First Nation education infrastructure, for the construction, repair and maintenance of First Nations school facilities. This will continue to create quality learning environments and promote better educational outcomes for First Nation students living on reserves.

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Winneway community comes together to celebrate new school

The new Amo Ososwan School in Winneway Quebec opened on January 13, 2017 and provides more than 130 students from pre-kindergarten to grade 11 with a unique learning environment. It has 14 classrooms, a library, a cafeteria, a home economics room, science and computer labs, and a gym with bleachers and a retractable stage. It was built using a glue-laminated lumber technology and has a distinctive beehive-shape. The school integrates elements of Algonquin culture; in fact its name is an Algonquin word meaning 'hive'. Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) provided $9.8 million, including $6.7 million from Budget 2016, for the design and construction of the school.

Wasaho Cree Nation School: An investment in long-term educational success

The Fort Severn First Nations in Ontario celebrated the grand opening of Wasaho Cree Nation elementary school on October 3, 2016. Spanning a total of 1,891 square metres, the facility educates over 100 students from kindergarten to grade 8. The Government of Canada invested over $43.5 million for the new elementary schools in Fort Severn and Poplar Hill.

O'Chiese First Nation celebrates new school on reserve

On September 19, 2016, the O'Chiese First Nation community in Alberta celebrated the inauguration of the newly constructed Ne Sah Soh Is Koh Dahn School. The school accommodates up to 375 students from kindergarten to grade 12 and features a library, cafeteria, gymnasium and administrative spaces. The Government of Canada has invested $10 million to support the construction of the new Ne Sah Soh Is Koh Dahn School, and an additional $8.8 million to bring utilities to the school site.

Chief Crowfoot School reveals newly renovated learning facilities

On September 7, 2016, Chief Crowfoot School opened its doors to over 300 preschool to grade 6 students from Siksika Nation. The school includes 14 classrooms, administrative offices, a gym, library, culture and multipurpose room, and a computer lab. INAC contributed $10.9 million towards the design and construction of this $21.3 million cost-shared project with the Siksika Nation.

Kwakiutl First Nation celebrate new Wagalus School

The Kwakiutl First Nation community in British Columbia celebrated the opening of Wagalus School on September 7, 2016. The new facility features four classrooms, a gymnasium, auditorium, and preschool area. It accommodates up to 86 First Nation students from kindergarten to grade 7. In total, the Kwakiutl First Nation invested $2.6 million and the Government of Canada $9.2 million to support the new Wagalus School.

Poplar Hill First Nation community cuts the ribbon to Ahgwahbuush Memorial School

The Ahgwahbuush Memorial School in Ontario celebrated its grand opening on November 10, 2016. The 2,309 square metre facility accommodates over 170 kindergarten to grade 9 Poplar Hill First Nation students. The school provides the youth of Poplar Hill First Nation with access to quality education facilities for current and future generations.

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