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Feds say they will try to keep Lake St. Martin students together – Winnipeg Free Press

by aanationtalk on November 8, 2012575 Views

By: Alexandra Paul
Posted: 11/7/2012

The federal government issued a statement late Wednesday saying Ottawa is negotiating with Lake St. Martin First Nation to find a way to keep evacuated students together in school.

An estimated 85 Lake St. Martin students lost their school in Winnipeg when the Winnipeg Fire Department shut down the building for fire code infractions.

Originally, Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan in Ottawa told the community that the department would take over the schooling responsibilities from the First Nation and split the students up among different Winnipeg schools.

Late Wednesday, Ottawa suggested it was shifting its stand.

“Our priority remains ensuring that the students are able to continue with their studies with minimal interruptions, and in a safe environment,” a regional departmental spokeswoman said by email.

Read more: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/Chiefs-oppose-dispersing-Lake-St-Martin-students-into-public-schools-177657371.html

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