McGuinty Government Strengthens Aboriginal Communities

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McGuinty Government Strengthens Aboriginal Communities

Ministry of Indigenous Affairs

Community Centre Will Benefit Seniors And Community Members QUEEN'S PARK, ON, Nov. 30 - Ontario is working with the Chippewas of the Thames to strengthen their community by assisting with the construction of a community centre at the Antler River Seniors Complex, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs Michael Bryant announced today. "This project is a perfect example of our government's approach to Aboriginal Affairs: practical, tangible improvements to Aboriginal communities, in partnership with the affected First Nations," said Bryant. "This centre will help to bring the community together and provide a much needed space for all of its local groups." The Ontario government is investing $500,000 through the Aboriginal Community Capital Grants Program to help build a 5,000-square-foot community centre as part of the Antler River Seniors Complex. The facility will have space for recreational activities, a meeting room, office, kitchen and general television/library room. Once completed, the centre will be open to all members of the First Nation community. "This facility is a great addition to the entire community, especially for the seniors at Antler River Seniors Complex," added Bryant. The Aboriginal Community Capital Grants Program funds projects involving the construction, acquisition, renovation and expansion of community and small business centres. For more information on the program contact Tim Sim at 416-314-7217 or visit the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs website at www.aboriginalaffairs.osaa.gov.on.ca/english/economy/grants.htm.For further information: Greg Crone, Minister's Office, (416) 314-2529; Merike Nurming, Communications Branch, (416) 326-4079