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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



Education and Training Rural and North Aboriginal People Children and Youth