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New School on Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation supports inclusive education for future generations

Project inspired creation of Alexis Nakota-owned Hill Plain Construction Services to steward further economic development for Indigenous communities

ALEXIS NAKOTA FIRST NATION, TREATY 6 TERRITORY, AB, Jan. 17, 2024 /CNW/ - Today, Chief Tony Alexis and the Council of Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, along with Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services Canada, celebrated the official opening of Chief Aranazhi School for grades 5-12, located on Alexis Nakota First Nation. Alexis Nakota led the construction of the new school in partnership and collaboration with the Government of Canada.

In addition to quality education in an environment that celebrates Alexis Nakota's culture and traditions, Chief Aranazhi School provides career and technology studies and prepares students for post-secondary education and employment opportunities. The $20.8-million facility also doubles as a community centre with an oversized gym, a fitness room, a commercial kitchen and a ceremonial space. The grounds have been updated with an outdoor ice rink and a playground to support community recreation activities.

The experience and momentum generated by completing the school construction project inspired Alexis Nakota to found Hill Plain Construction Services (Hill Plain), which has become a catalyst for other economic development in the community. This Alexis Nakota-owned company provides comprehensive construction project management in the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, as well as in other Indigenous communities. Hill Plain continues to advance economic development opportunities and foster partnerships for major projects while focusing on sustainable development, social responsibility and preservation of Indigenous culture.

Economic prosperity is a priority for Indigenous communities and Canada. While Economic Reconciliation means different things to many, evidence shows that it is critical to Indigenous self-determination and will address the many ways a colonial system undermined Indigenous prosperity throughout history. Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation is leading the way to a more equitable future with several projects at various stages of development:


"This stunning new school is the result of the whole community's inspiring leadership. By allowing access to high-quality education spaces and programming, this new school will help ensure that generations to come will have a fair and equal chance to succeed. It will also play an important role in the economic prosperity of the Nation. This is an important milestone for the Nation and a concrete example of how the federal government can be a partner as communities take the lead on the path to reconciliation."

The Honourable Patty Hajdu
Minister of Indigenous Services

"This strategic partnership with the Government of Canada and industry marks a pivotal moment for the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation. Chief Aranazhi School will provide a foundation for traditional education while ensuring our youth become masters of every contemporary institution, from arts and culture to math, science and beyond. Through extensive collaboration with government and industry, this project is a testament to our shared vision for a prosperous future. Cutting-edge, this school will help students maintain their culture and identity while preparing them for the exciting opportunities of the future."

Chief Tony Alexis
Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation

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