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New Community Centre Opening in Batchewana First Nation

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New Community Centre Opening in Batchewana First Nation

Ontario Government Supporting Community Development, Capital Projects

Ministry of Indigenous Affairs

Batchewana First Nation is opening a new community centre that will provide a space for cultural activities, job-skills training, health services, conferences and retail businesses.

With support from the Aboriginal Community Capital Grants Program, this project will also create jobs and promote economic development opportunities in the community.

The community centre will include a 1,378 square-foot conference facility that can seat up to 140 people, a business incubation centre, retail stores, health and education facilities, a banquet hall, a full-service kitchen, and a computer centre.

Supporting community development initiatives is part of the Ontario government's plan to build stronger, more prosperous Aboriginal communities and a fair society for all.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario invested $501,500 in the $1.9-million community centre through the Aboriginal Community Capital Grants Program.
  • The Aboriginal Community Capital Grants Program supports Aboriginal groups in building or improving community centres and small business centres across the province.
  • Since October 2003, the program has provided more than $30.7 million to Aboriginal communities through 112 major and minor capital grants and related feasibility studies.

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“It is important that communities have a gathering place where cultural and educational activities can take place and community development initiatives can flourish. We will continue to work with First Nations and Aboriginal organizations to move forward on important capital projects that help build stronger, more vibrant communities.”

David Zimmer

Minister of Aboriginal Affairs

“Batchewana First Nation is comprised of four separate land bases. Today, all of the people from each of our villages are celebrating. Our communities are now able to receive the same quality of programs and services, regardless of the area. This well-equipped facility will provide the foundation for our nation to prosper. Commendations go out to the people from Obadjiwan for their relentless efforts that have helped us reach this monumental achievement.”

Dean Sayers

Chief of Batchewana First Nation

“I’m pleased to see Batchewana First Nation pursue community development initiatives such as this one, which will create new opportunities for local entrepreneurs, make health services more readily accessible and offer access to skills and employment training facilities. By working with First Nation communities across this province, we’re creating a better Ontario together.”

David Orazietti

MPP Sault Ste. Marie

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