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Local Youth To Learn New Skills At Sioux Lookout Cultural Centre

McGuinty Government Supporting Local Culture, Economic Development

Renovations to a local building will mean new cultural and learning opportunities for area youth while breathing new life into the Sioux Lookout downtown core.

With assistance from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), the Sioux Lookout Cultural Centre for Youth and the Arts will be located in a former Front Street hotel.

The centre is expected to open in spring 2011. The space will feature assembly and music rooms, an art studio and be used by other business tenants that will contribute to the community's economy. Classes such as art, theatre and music are being proposed, as well as leadership activities and anti-drug, racism and alcohol programs.

Quick Facts

  • The NOHFC is providing $650,000 to this project under its Infrastructure and Community Development Program and is expected to create 13 jobs.
  • Sioux Lookout, which is hosting the annual spring meeting of the Northwestern Ontario Associated Chambers of Commerce April 15 to 17, is an important economic and service hub for 29 remote First Nations.

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“Establishing this unique centre will make it possible for area youth to participate in programs, activities, conferences, workshops and performances that increase the self-esteem of local youth and as such make important contributions to the local quality of life. This is also part of the Open Ontario plan to create jobs and opportunities in Northern Ontario.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry, and chair of the NOHFC

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