First Nations University is set to receive a massive upgrade with new federal and provincial funding

The First Nations University of Canada’s Land-based Learning Centre in Regina will be getting some brand new facilities and additions since joint federal and provincial funding was announced for the province.

Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, and Saskatchewan’s Government Relations Minister Don McMorris have announced that more than $19.7 million in joint funding will be going towards 25 infrastructure projects in Saskatchewan.

The Government of Canada is investing $10,822,885 toward these projects through the Green Infrastructure, Community, Culture and Recreation, and the Rural and Northern Communities streams of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.

The Government of Saskatchewan is contributing $8,948,700.

“These investments will increase Indigenous cultural learning opportunities, provide recreational opportunities, improve our rural transportation system and support our environment. We will continue to build a stronger Saskatchewan that is home to a strong economy, strong communities, and strong families,” says McMorris.

The construction of new facilities at the First Nations University of Canada will include overnight facilities such as cabins, shower and washroom facilities, a mess hall with a kitchen, water and wastewater infrastructure, along with a permanent sweat lodge structure and an outdoor learning centre.

The funding will also be going towards providing improvements to Estevan’s Leisure Centre, upgrades at Kindersley’s West Central Event Centre, infrastructure improvements in several rural areas, as well as decommissioning of five landfills for the villages of Climax, Ceylon, Harris, and the towns of Lumsden and Milestone to help protect the environment.

“The investments announced today will create opportunities for Saskatchewanians to build a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities,” says LeBlanc.

“We will continue working with our partners to support rural and Indigenous communities across Saskatchewan.”

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