The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan announced more than $19.7 million in joint funding for 25 infrastructure projects across the province.
The construction of new facilities at the First Nations University of Canada’s Land-based Learning Centre in Regina is included in this funding. The centre will serve as a place for Indigenous teaching and learning on the land. It will include overnight facilities such as cabins, shower and washroom facilities, a mess hall with a kitchen, water and wastewater infrastructure, along with a permanent sweat lodge structure and an outdoor learning centre.
“The investments announced today will create opportunities for Saskatchewanians to build a better future for themselves, their families and their communities. We will continue working with our partners to support rural and Indigenous communities across Saskatchewan,” said Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities.
Funding will also provide improvements to Estevan’s Leisure Centre to enhance the quality of facilities for residents. This project will include the rehabilitation of its rooftop for increased sustainability and the replacement of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems to reduce the building’s carbon footprint.
In the Town of Kindersley, the West Central Event Centre will benefit from a complete lifecycle upgrade of its refrigeration plant. The upgrade will increase energy efficiency and create a greener and self-sustaining facility. Other measures to reduce energy consumption include replacing leaky exterior doors and converting to LED lighting throughout the facility.
Several rural areas will also see infrastructure improvements including bridge replacements in the rural municipalities of Big Stick No. 141, Biggar No.347, and Laurier No. 38, which will improve the transportation system. In addition, funding will support the decommissioning of five landfills for the villages of Climax, Ceylon, Harris and the towns of Lumsden and Milestone to help protect the environment.
“Our government is investing nearly $9 million in provincial funding toward these 25 vital infrastructure projects. These investments will increase Indigenous cultural learning opportunities, provide recreational opportunities, improve our rural transportation system and support our environment. We will continue to build a stronger Saskatchewan that is home to a strong economy, strong communities and strong families,” said Don McMorris, Saskatchewan’s Minister of Government Relations.
Featured image: The construction of new facilities at the First Nations University of Canada’s Land-based Learning Centre in Regina is included in this funding. (First Nations University of Canada)