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Fort Chipewyan To Expand Youth And Elder Lodge

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Fort Chipewyan To Expand Youth And Elder Lodge

Aerial view of Fort Chipewyan//Photo courtesy of RMWB

A Northern Alberta Hamlet is expanding a key building thanks to the Canada 150 Grant.

The Fort Chipewyan Youth and Elder Lodge, where much of the communities children learn about indigenous culture, is the biggest of the three projects in the RMWB to be awarded funding.

The Federal Government is allocating over $400,000 to the Lodge alone.

Communications Director of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations, Eriel Deranger tells Mix News the grant couldn’t have come at a better time for them.

She adds the original space for the lodge has become too small for them to accommodate a number of people who come to their gatherings of community meetings.

“The Elders and Youth Lodge is such a critical component to us, and we need to have comfortable spaces that meet the need of our community. We’re grateful that we have to funds to do that for our community.”

She adds that most of the planning and licensing work is already finished, and they aim to have construction finished by next fall.

The two other projects to receive funding from the feds are the Fort McMurray Heritage Society to rebuild some equipment and the Janvier Sekweha Youth Centre’s learning through experience project.

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