The RMWB is addressing a community recreational facility shortage in Fort McKay.
Council voted on Tuesday in favour of a motion that would see them take up ownership of a proposed Pavilion – being pitched by the Fort McKay Metis Community Association.
The project will be done in four phases with a total cost of around $6.5 million and an estimated completion date of August 2019.
President of the Fort McKay Metis Ron Quintal tells Mix News this project will have a great impact on the First Nations and Metis people in the hamlet.
“The entire membership of Fort McKay Metis will definitely benefit. I would be inclined to say a large population of First Nations would also benefit. As you all know, the community is very integrated – it is very small.”
Council looked at three options regarding the proposal.
One would see the FMMCA be the sole owners, the second would see a joint ownership between the FMMCA and RMWB and the third would see ownership handed to the RMWB.
Quintal adds this facility will be essential to strengthening the ties between the council and the rural communities.
“Through a partnership with the RMWB, we can build a facility that we can hold festivals, cultural events, teaching events, communication sessions. The list goes on and on.”
Moving forward, the administration will work with the Fort McKay Metis Community Association to work on a proposal for sole ownership by the RMWB.