Representatives from government (including Adam Vaughan, far left, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development), Curve Lake First Nation Council (including Chief Phyllis Williams, centre right) and representatives from Habitat for Humanity Peterborough flanked royal Peter Phillips, the eldest grandson of Queen Elizabeth II.
What a fantastic day we had on Friday, July 28, 2017, at Curve Lake First Nation.
I was honoured to speak at “Maawandoonan – Coming Together in Partnership,” a celebration of the unified efforts of Curve Lake First Nation and Habitat for Humanity Peterborough and Kawartha Region which will give families the help they need to own a safe, decent, and affordable home. We announced details of this new partnership that will see two single-detached Habitat homes built on lots provided by Curve Lake First Nation with construction slated to begin this fall.
The feeling of support in the room was palpable, with around 200 guests in attendance. Royal Patron and Youth Build Ambassador Peter Phillips was part of the celebration, and I was pleased to have the chance to welcome him to my home, beautiful Peterborough-Kawartha.
Habitat is now accepting applications from low-income, Indigenous families. More than 100 local youth are expected to take part in the build, alongside Habitat volunteers and Curve Lake community members. Volunteers and passionate youth like these are what inspires me and I can’t wait to break ground on these new homes with them later this year.
Chief Williams, Minister Bennett, and I with the Curve Lake First Nation Youth Council.
Earlier that day, we welcomed Minister Carolyn Bennett as she announced funding for a school feasibility study.
The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs announced approximately $142,000 for the study which will identify the best approach to support the highest quality learning environment for the community’s youth.
Through Budget 2016, the Government of Canada is investing $969.4 million over five years in First Nation education infrastructure, for the construction, repair and maintenance of First Nations school facilities.
Curve Lake Chief Phyllis Williams said she was pleased with the support from the Government of Canada, which will allow their First Nation to provide educational programming that is culturally viable, and vital for the success of Curve Lake youth and their future.
I heard directly from the Chief and Council of Curve Lake First Nation about the need for a local school to let young people from this community stay closer to home while they pursue their education. I’m pleased that the community will be able to move forward with this important study to determine the best way we can support the youth here at Curve Lake.
Here I am with the youngest member of the Curve Lake First Nation Youth Council, Winter Maddison Rose-Jacobs whose great-grandmother referred to as “our future Prime Minister.”
I’m incredibly proud of the work we are doing to support education and housing initiatives in this part of our riding. Thank you so much to Curve Lake First Nation for a fantastic Friday and very warm welcome.
More information on the school feasibility study announcement here.
More information on the Habitat for Humanity Peterborough and Kawartha announcement here.