Three Community Facilities in Antigonish County to be Revitalized

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Government of Canada Supports Infrastructure Improvements at the Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation Multi-purpose Facility, Heatherton and Area Community Centre, and Chez Deslauriers

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November 7, 2016 – Afton Station, NS – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Rodger Cuzner, Member of Parliament for Cape Breton-Canso, today announced contributions totalling $243,735, through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, to repair and upgrade three community facilities in Antigonish County. MP Cuzner made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).

A $165,250 non-repayable contribution will support Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation as it repairs its multi-purpose community facility with the replacement of siding, windows, doors and exterior building lighting. It is the only large facility in the community and is used for Salite (gatherings after funerals), training, indoor powwows, band meetings, elder and senior activities, arts and craft sales and sporting events. The repairs will ensure the building’s exterior remains weather-tight, safe and operationally viable so that the facility can hold community events for years to come. Additional support for the project includes a $166,800 contribution from Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation.

A $63,235 non-repayable contribution will support the Heatherton Development Culture and Wellness Association as it upgrades the Heatherton and Area Community Centre through roof repairs, electrical upgrades, the installation of efficient heat pumps, as well as repairing and painting the building exterior. The project will improve the building’s operational sustainability by creating energy savings and making it suitable for a wider variety of rental opportunities. Additional support for the project includes a $63,235 investment from the Association.

A $15,250 non-repayable contribution will also support la Société de Développement de Pomquet as it constructs a covered deck on the Chez Deslauriers cultural facility. The Chez Deslauriers property is a focal point for the community and visitors during the summer months. It includes a heritage home converted into a restaurant, an interpretive centre, an outdoor stage and a coastal and inland trail system. The property provides visitors with an Acadian dining experience and the opportunity to learn about the natural and human history of the area. The renovation will improve infrastructure for residents and visitors for occasions such as community events, school trips, and weddings. Additional support for the project includes a $15,000 contribution from the Municipality of the County of Antigonish and a $2,000 investment from la Société de Développement de Pomquet.

Quotes

“The Government of Canada is pleased to help revitalize community facilities in Antigonish County through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. These projects are just three examples of how this program aims to boost economic activity through infrastructure investments and to build community-based partnerships, while supporting the Government of Canada’s priorities to promote a clean-growth economy and ensure a better future for Indigenous Peoples. ” 

     – The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

“Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation’s multi-purpose community facility, the Heatherton and Area Community Centre and Chez Deslauriers are meaningful community facilities that bring us together—to socialize, innovate, learn, share ideas and stay active—making the community stronger.”

     – Rodger Cuzner, Member of Parliament for Cape Breton-Canso

“The ACOA partnership investment represents a much needed contribution the health and wellbeing of our community. This funding will be used to provide for necessary improvements to allow our community to thrive in a variety of areas.”

     – Chief Paul James Prosper, Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation

“The Heatherton Development Culture and Wellness Association is very pleased to receive this funding from ACOA. It will help provide upgrades to the Centre that will result in energy savings and environmentally friendly operation of the facility.”

     – Ed MacDonald, Chair, Heatherton Development Culture and Wellness Association

“La Société de Développement de Pomquet is very pleased to receive this assistance from ACOA for the construction of a covered deck on the Chez Deslauriers property. This will increase our capacity to serve the community and visitors during our many events throughout the summer.”

     – Colette Rennie, Chairperson, La Société de Développement de Pomquet

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Contacts

Lori SeligA/Director, Communications and OutreachAtlantic Canada Opportunities AgencyPhone: 902-266-7477 (cell)E-mail: [email protected]

Darlene ProsperCouncillorPaqtnkek Mi’kmaw NationPhone: 902-870-6642 (cell)E-mail: [email protected]

Darlene Paul Housing DirectorPaqtnkek Mi’kmaw NationPhone: 902-386-2781

Ed MacDonaldVice Chair, Board of DirectorsHeatherton Development Culture and Wellness AssociationPhone: 902-386-2756E-mail: [email protected]

Colette RennieChairperson La Société développement de PomquetPhone: 902-870-3051E-mail: [email protected]

Background

The CIP150 is providing up to $300 million nationally over two years to support projects to rehabilitate, renovate and expand community and recreational infrastructure as part of the Government of Canada’s activities to honour Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. The program is expected to boost economic activity through infrastructure investments, build community-based partnerships, while supporting the Government’s priorities to promote a clean-growth economy and ensure a better future for Indigenous Peoples.

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