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.
- 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.
“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.”
“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.”