OTTAWA — Canada’s Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett visited two First Nations communities in eastern Quebec recently with announcements of infrastructure spending.
In Pikogan, Bennett outlined spending of $1.2 million for projects to address the community's housing and cultural and recreational infrastructure needs, a federal media statement issued Jan. 12 announced. The allocations will support the construction of a youth centre, a traditional gathering site and a soccer field as well as the installation of outdoor playgrounds and water play areas.
As part of the package, the federal government will also spend $180,000 to renovate 10 housing units and $240,000 on a community radio station.
Pikogan is an Algonquin community located three kilometres from Amos, in Abitibi-Temiscamingue. It has 1,038 members, 566 of whom reside in the community.
On her visit to Lac Simon, Bennett announced spending of $3.2 million on capital projects. The allocations include funding for plans to expand the Amikobi elementary school as well as funding for an expansion of the community centre to include a youth centre and fitness centre. Other spending includes $520,000 to build eight "mini homes," upgrades to two streets and improvements to the lighting at the elementary and high schools. The biggest job will be construction of a $1.1-million water supply line.
The Anishnabe Nation of Lac Simon is located on the west side of Lac Simon, 32 kilometres southeast of Val-d'Or, also in Abitibi-Temiscamingue. It has 2,105 members, 1,706 of whom reside in the community.