Lathlin Announces Support For Cross Lake Infrastructure, Youth Projects

by NationTalk on April 17, 2008827 Views

Manitoba News Release

April 17, 2008

Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister Oscar Lathlin today announced provincial funding for a new administration building being built in Cross Lake and recognized the Cross Lake Cadet Corps.Lathlin said the soon-to-be-built administration building will serve the community well and increase the availability of space. He presented a $1-million cheque to the Cross Lake Community council for the construction of the new building.

The well-known Cross Lake Army Cadet Corps today received $20,000 from the province in support of that program. The corp’s participation in training in British Columbia was celebrated at the Legislative Building last fall and members were featured at the last annual meeting of northern development ministers in Ottawa.

“Our government is committed to supporting infrastructure development in the north,” the minister said today after meeting with Cross Lake community members in Winnipeg. “I am pleased to see work underway in the community to share facilities and services. It is this spirit of co-operation that will strengthen relationships among everyone. I would also like to thank Manitoba Hydro for their ongoing work on the recently opened Community Information Centre staffed by Cross Lake band members.”

“Manitoba Hydro feels effective communication is the key to continuing to provide the ongoing programming for the people of Cross Lake in a manner that suits their greatest needs,” said Bob Brennan, Manitoba Hydro president and CEO. “We need to know what the priorities are and how we can best serve those needs by committing program funds to worthwhile causes. The Community Information Centre will engage the members of the community and help them take advantage of the many opportunities that exist.
Information will be made available on how individuals can access the benefits of the many programs available such as training and employment opportunities. These are exciting times for the north and for Cross Lake with unprecedented employment and business opportunities.”

It was also announced today that Manitoba Hydro has created 10 new seasonal positions in Cross Lake that will start in May of this year.

“These new jobs will not only provide immediate employment opportunities, they are also the first step to many other employment opportunities throughout the province. We want to look beyond Jenpeg and Cross Lake employment. In the past year, three Cross Lake band members have been awarded supervisory positions within Hydro and demonstrated the deep pool of talent there is to draw from in Cross Lake,” said Brennan.

Cross Lake is located 750 kilometres north of Winnipeg.

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