Northwestern Ontario First Nation secures $24M to build new education complex

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The Biigtigong Nishnaabeg, formerly known as the Ojibways of the Pic River, have secured $24 million funding to build a new school.

The Biigtigong Nishnaabeg Education Complex is designed by Bret Cardinal. The building will be shaped like an eagle: the east wing will be the daycare and elementary school; the west wing will be the adult education and business center; while the middle of the complex will be used as a gymnasium, cafeteria, and ceremony space.

Biigtigong Nishnaabeg is located 350 kilometers northeast of Thunder Bay, next to Pukaskwa National Park. The First Nation Community has become an economic and community development hub, which has fostered education, grown skilled workers and nurtured future leaders.

In a statement, Biigtigong Nishnaabeg chief Duncan Michano said: “Over the years, we have continually worked hard to be innovative in order to become increasingly independent. The Education Complex is simply the next step in our education footprint for the children, who are the future of our community.”

Construction is scheduled to start in August 2018.

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