Feds announce funding for First Nation cultural project

More than $8.9 million in federal funding will go towards the construction of a building that will house the Kebaowek First Nation Cultural Centre in Quebec.

The municipality of Kipawa.

The Municipality of Kipawa is the future home of the Kebaowek First Nation Cultural Centre – Municipality of Kipawa

“What we are announcing today is more than an investment in brick and mortar. It’s an investment in the future of a community that is coming together around its past and will benefit the entire community,” said Pablo Rodriguez, minister of Canadian heritage. “The Kebaowek First Nation Cultural Centre plays a key role in ensuring that the Algonquin language, cultural traditions and practices are passed on to the youth of the community. These intergenerational connections give youth a stronger sense of identity and prepare them for success in adult life.”

Chief Lance Haymond stated that the Kebaowek First Nation was very encouraged to see a promise of federal funding to address critical infrastructure gaps in the community. 

“On behalf of the council and the citizens of Kebaowek we are extremely pleased to hear that the Government of Canada has now made a multi-million dollar commitment to advance the needs and interests of our families and community,” said Haymond. “The Green and Inclusive Building program will help to give the citizens and community an opportunity to build a solid base from which to continue the vital work needed to reinvigorate and revitalize our language, cultural practices, teachings and ceremonies.”

Chief Haymond noted that the first nation was especially encouraged that the building will be carbon neutral which he says aligns with their social responsibilities. 

The building will create a place for the First Nation to teach their history, develop their language skills and cultural understanding, celebrate their culture and offer recreational, extra-curricular and employment-related activities to the young people in the community.

Officials added That the facility will also benefit members from neighbouring communities, visiting school groups and the public at large. Its proximity to the pier and the public dock will make the centre a key component of the surrounding tourist attractions and will be an important economic engine for the region, they said.


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