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Better elderly care facilities and fibre optic services for Eskasoni First Nation


ESKASONI, NS, Aug. 13, 2019 /CNW/ - Investing in community infrastructure is essential to ensuring Canadian families have access to modern reliable services that improve their quality of life and position communities for growth. The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia recognize that strategic investments in community infrastructure play a key role in supporting dynamic communities while creating good jobs that help grow the middle class.     

Today, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development; the Honourable Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia; and Eskasoni Chief Leroy Denny, announced funding to support the construction of a long-term care facility and the installation of fibre optics cable for the residents of Eskasoni First Nations.

Once completed, the Eskasoni First Nation will benefit from long-term care services for the elderly and disabled, and see over 1200 residents gain access to high-speed internet.

The new long-term care facility will be built on a portion of land recently added to Eskasoni First Nation's land base through the Addition to Reserve process. Minister Jordan announced the recent approval of an addition to the Eskasoni Indian Reserve on behalf of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations. This Addition to Reserve will also create more opportunities for residential and commercial development in the community.

The Government of Canada is investing over $22.1 million towards these projects under the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The Government of Nova Scotia is contributing over $7.3 million total to these projects.

Quotes

"Our communities deserve modern infrastructure that allow residents and businesses to thrive. Upgrades to connectivity and the construction of a new long-term care facility help lay the foundation for future opportunities in the Eskasoni First Nation and will contribute to their long-term sustainability."  

The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development

"The elder care facility is a great example of how Additions to Reserve support healthier, more sustainable First Nation communities. Eskasoni's plans for the land will mean greater commercial and employment opportunities for the community and, most importantly, the creation of a home where elders can stay connected with their families and their culture. Congratulations Chief Denny and all members of Eskasoni."

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

"Investing in Eskasoni will help this proud community grow stronger. Building a modern long-term care home and improving internet service will help ensure the people of Eskasoni have the support they need for their families and economic growth."

The Honourable Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia

"The new facility elder care facility will allow the Mi'kmaq to carry on the tradition of caring for our own within our community, Kiknu which translates to "Our house" will be a place where our elders will feel at home and continue to have community and cultural connections.

Having a community where the majority of the population is engaged with technology of the day but have limited access has always been a disadvantage until now. Acquiring our own network with access to high speed internet and a variety of services at affordable prices will bring our community into present day as far as availability is concerned.

These new opportunities will be a huge economic driver in our community that will create much needed new jobs and is something my council is always striving for. These projects enable us to protect our culture, take care of our people and provide work that is a major win for us and a great step in reconciliation. "   

Leroy Denny, Chief of Eskasoni First Nation

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Backgrounder: Better elderly care facilities and fiber optic services for Eskasoni First Nation.

Joint federal, and provincial funding through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan will support the construction of a long-term care facility and the installation of fiber optics cable to the residents of Eskasoni First Nations.

The Government of Canada is investing over $22.1 million in these projects through the Rural and Northern Communities Stream (RNIS) and the Community, Cultural and Recreation Stream (CCRIS) of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Nova Scotia is contributing over $7.3 million.

Project Information:        

                                                                                                                 

Project Name

Location

Program

Project Details

Federal Funding

Provincial Funding

First Nation Long Term Care "Niknen" Project

Cape Breton

CCRIS

Construction of a new 48-bed long-term care facility predominantly for elders and disabled members of the Eskasoni First Nation community

$19,689,450

$6,563,150

Eskasoni First Nation Residential Fiber Optic Project

Cape Breton

RNIS

The installation and provision of fiber optic internet services to the 4,600 residents of Eskasoni First Nation.

$2,505,825

$835,275

 

Addition to Reserve Information:

A total of 86.5 hectares (213.74 acres) of adjacent land was added to the western edge of the Eskasoni Indian Reserve No. 3 via Order in Council on June 21, 2019. The land will be used for commercial and residential development, including the proposed elder care facility.

A reserve is a portion of land set aside for the use and benefit of a particular First Nation.  An Addition to Reserve is the inclusion of new land to a First Nation's existing reserve land base.  Land can be added adjacent to existing reserve land (contiguous) or separated from existing reserve land (non-contiguous). An Addition to reserve can be added in rural or urban settings.

 Associated links

Investing in Canada Plan Project Map: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map

Rural Opportunity, National Prosperity: An Economic Development Strategy for Rural Canada:
https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/rural/strat-eng.html

Federal infrastructure investments in Nova Scotia: https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/investments-2002-investissements/ns-eng.html

Investing in Canada: Canada's Long-Term Infrastructure Plan:
http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/icp-publication-pic-eng.html

Rural Opportunity, National Prosperity: An Economic Development Strategy for Rural Canada:
https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/rural/strat-eng.html

Atlantic Growth Strategy: http://www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca/ags-sca/Eng/atlantic-growth.html

Additions to Reserve: https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1332267668918/1332267748447

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