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Expanded Preschool Program Will Promote Ojibway Culture

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Expanded Preschool Program Will Promote Ojibway Culture

Province Helps First Nation Build New Early Childhood Development Centre

More preschoolers at a Northwestern Ontario First Nation will be able to attend a daycare program that promotes Ojibway culture and language thanks to an investment by the province.

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is providing $344,000 to Naotkamegwanning (Whitefish Bay) First Nation to build an Aboriginal Head Start Early Childhood Development Centre. The new facility will have room for up to 46 preschoolers in full-day sessions, compared to 20 currently enrolled for half-days in a smaller building. The new centre will be finished in early 2009, and is expected to create up to three full-time jobs.

Quick Facts

  • Naotkamegwanning First Nation is located on Lake of the Woods approximately 45 kilometres southeast of Kenora.
  • In 2007-2008 the Ontario government contributed $3.7 million for feasibility studies, construction, and renovation of community centres and small business centres through the Aboriginal Community Capital Grants Program.
  • The Canadian government is a partner in Naotkamegwanning First Nation’s early childhood development centre through the Aboriginal Head Start On Reserve initiative.

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“Our government wants academic success for all Ontario children. I am delighted that the NOHFC is helping Naotkamegwanning First Nation prepare its youngsters for a positive school experience through a program that teaches traditional knowledge and attitudes.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development and Mines

“Education is a major key to achieving success. Helping children in First Nation communities get a head start by making culturally sensitive education accessible builds on this government’s commitment to improving quality of life for First Nations children and youth.”

Brad Duguid

Minister of Aboriginal Affairs

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Education and Training Rural and North Aboriginal People Children and Youth