Native Village Youth and Education News

April 1, 2009 Issue 196 Volume 2

Government of Canada Announces Major Renovation Project for School in Natashquan
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Innu Reserve, Quebec: The Innu community of Natashquan will benefit from a major school renovation project. This project is part of the $200,000,000 for new schools and renovations set aside by the Canadian government for Canada's Aboriginal peoples.

"The renovations and enlargement of the Uauitshitun school are a major concern for members of our community, so I am very pleased with today's announcement, which will no doubt improve the quality of the education that our children receive," said Francois Bellefleur, Chief of the Innu community of Natashquan.

The Government of Canada is working to improve the lives of First Nations and their communities' economic growth. Investments in schools helps ensure that First Nation students have access to the same quality learning environments as other Canadian students.

"Improving educational outcomes in First Nations communities is important to our government," said Minister of State, Denis Lebel. "It is essential for First Nations students to have a strong and productive educational experience. This starts with access to quality infrastructure that is conducive to learning."

The Innu community of Natashquan is located at the mouth of the Natashquan River. 900 of its 957 members live on the reserve. The median age is 20.3 years.

Uauitshitun School is the only school on the reserve. It has 179 PreK-12 students.  107 students also attend a provincial school outside the community.

The community has 20.3 hectares (50.2 acres) of land and is accessible by road year round.


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