Moosomin: The Government of Canada is committed to enhancing educational facilities and opportunities for students in First Nations communities. Since 2016 and as of March 31, 2021, the Government of Canada has invested $1.23 billion in 203 school facility infrastructure projects, of which 133 are now complete. These projects include the construction of 66 new schools, of which 27 are complete, and the renovation and upgrade of 86 existing schools, of which 71 are complete, benefitting a total of approximately 35,000 students.
Today, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, and Chief Bradley Swiftwolfe of Moosomin First Nation announced the construction of a new Kindergarten to Grade 12 school during a visit to the community.
The new facility will feature a larger gym, a cultural learning resource centre, a library and media centre, science, computer science and industrial arts labs, and a nurse’s office and health room. The school will be large enough to meet the needs of a growing student population over the coming years.
The construction of the new school will also resolve overcrowding issues and eliminate the need for portable classrooms. In addition, building the facility at a new site will offer an opportunity for future expansions to the building, including a new daycare centre, a health services centre and a dental clinic. The new school project will also reduce school operation and maintenance costs and provide land-based programming.
Construction is set to begin this fall and it’s expected to be completed in the fall 2023.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $38 million to support the new school. The Indigenous Community Infrastructure Fund, announced through Budget 2021, is providing $699.7 million over four years, starting in 2021, to support up to 50 shovel-ready school infrastructure projects in First Nations communities on reserves.