Maryam Monsef

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Maryam Monsef

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Release: Funding for Curve Lake School Feasibility Study

The Government of Canada funds a school feasibility study at Curve Lake First Nation

News Release

July 28, 2017

The Government of Canada believes every First Nation child deserves the best start in life and we are committed to working with First Nations to support quality education and learning environments for their youth.

Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs announced approximately $142,000 for a school feasibility study for the Curve Lake First Nation. This study 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.


“Children thrive when they have pride in their school and their education promotes a secure, personal and cultural identity. We are honoured to be working with Curve Lake First Nation to ensure vibrant futures and the academic success of their youth.” ~ The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P., Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs

“I heard directly from Chief and Council of Curve Lake First Nation about the need for a local school, which would 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 feasibility study and determine the best way we can support the youth here at Curve Lake.” ~ The Honourable Maryam Monsef, P.C., M.P., Minister of Status of Women and Member of Parliament for Peterborough-Kawartha

“We are pleased with the support from the Government of Canada, which will allow us to continue to deliver high quality education for our children. This support will advance our obligation to provide programming that is culturally viable and vital for the success of our youth, our future.” ~ Chief Phyllis Williams, Curve Lake First Nation

Quick Facts

  • On July 13, 2017, Curve Lake First Nation awarded the contract to conduct the school feasibility study to First Nations Engineering Services Ltd. The study is anticipated to be complete by July 2018.
  • INAC provided almost $1,000,000 to nine other Ontario First Nations for school feasibility studies, including Kasabonika Lake, Wunnumin, North Caribou Lake, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, Pic Mobert, Biigtigong Nishnaabeg First Nation, Beausoleil, Mississaugas of The Credit, and Chippewas of Georgina Island.
  • The Curve Lake First Nation School operates Kindergarten to Grade 3 classrooms.
  • Curve Lake First Nation is located approximately 25 kilometres northeast of Peterborough, Ontario.

Photos from the Announcement

Chief Williams and Maryam Monsef, MP Peterborough-Kawartha and Minister of Status of Women at the podium next to the cenotaph at Curve Lake First Nation.

Chatting with council members before the announcement.

Minister Bennett with the ‘youngest member of the Youth Council,’ Winter Maddison Rose-Jacobs, and her mom Nathalie Jacobs.

Chief Williams, Minister Bennett and Maryam Monsef MP Peterborough-Kawartha with members of the Curve Lake First Nation Youth Council.

Chief Williams, Minister Bennett and Maryam Monsef, MP Peterborough-Kawartha with the local Curve Lake First Nation participants from the recent North American Indigenous Games.


Email, Tammy Thorne, Communications (Special Assistant) for MP Maryam Monsef at for more information.