A local school in northwestern Ontario is benefiting from an investment of nearly $3 million to expand its operations.
Earlier this week, the federal government and Thunder Bay-Rainy River Member of Parliament Marcus Powlowski announced a $2.9 million investment in Pegamigaabo School in Mishkosiminiziibiing to help meet the cultural, educational and community environment.
The community of Mishkosiminiziibiing, also known as Big Grassy River First Nation, has a population of 277 residents and is located in the Morson region, west of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls.
Chief Lynn Indian says the community is extremely excited and grateful for the investment in its youth, which will help it expand with 200m2 of additional space with a new pre-kindergarten class and an Ojibway language class .
“This project will provide our children in the community with access to safe, reliable and healthy learning environments that will provide an important foundation for lifelong learning.”
The investment will also allow the community to retrofit the school with solar panels, high-efficiency windows and power-assisted doors, which will help reduce energy consumption by nearly 60% and reduce gas emissions. greenhouse of about 18 tons per year.
Pegamigaabo School is a board-run school that offers Kindergarten through Grade 8. It was built in 1999 with two playgrounds, a baseball field, a soccer field and an outdoor skating rink.
The school also received provincial funding to study the feasibility of the solar panel project earlier this year.