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OTTAWA, April 10 – The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today announced in a visit to the community more than $46 million to improve infrastructure at Pikangikum First Nation.
“Canada’s New Government is pleased to invest in improving living conditions at Pikangikum First Nation. We are committed to assisting the First Nation in its efforts to become a healthier, and more sustainable community.” Canada’s New Government through the Regional Major Capital Plan for Ontario of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), has identified close to $41 million over five years (2007-2008 through 2011-2012), to address infrastructure issues at Pikangikum. These include:
Pikangikum First Nation is located approximately 90 kilometres north of Red Lake, Ontario, and approximately 80 kilometres east of the Ontario-Manitoba border It has close to 2,100 members with 2,000 on reserve. The community is accessible year-round by air, and by ice road during the coldest months of winter.
This release is also available at: www.inac.gc.ca.
For further information: Bill Rodgers, Director of Communications, Office of the Honourable Jim Prentice, (819) 997-0002; Greg Coleman, A/Director Executive Services and Communications, INAC Ontario Region, (416) 973-2281; Media Relations, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, (819) 953-1160
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