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An announcement was made by Government of Canada on Sunday that it would invest $1.8 million in Lennox Island First Nation toward infrastructure and planning projects, media reports said.
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Robert J. Morrissey, Member of Parliament for Egmont made the above announcement on behalf of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs.
These investments would be targeted towards supporting bridge repairs, plannin comprehensive communities, developing housing capacity, renovating houses and to carry out an assessment of the condition of a school building.
Besides this, Government of Canada made an investment of additional $6 million to support comprehensive community planning in 75 First Nation communities.
Comprehensive Community Planning is a means by which First Nations-led communities are engaged to promote strong, healthier, more sustainable communities and long term priority-setting.
“The Lennox Island Band Council is pleased to be able to address our many needs as it relates to infrastructure. Our role in the success has been our planning, we have a capital plan …We were also able to address other items in our capital plan: road repair, housing repairs, capacity development and school repairs. We still have much to do to continue to tackle our capital plan items," said Matilda Ramjattan, Lennox Island First Nation Chief, nationtalk.ca news reports said.
Robert J. Morrissey, Member of Parliament said, "I am happy the community of Lennox Island has received this funding to further develop and maintain infrastructure … because we recognize that it is an important step towards a renewed nation-to-nation relationship with First Nations," nationtalk.ca news reports said.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)