Aboriginal Affairs 20140529

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt announced Wednesday money is headed to four northern Manitoba First Nation communities to help build and renovate existing schools. (Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press)

The federal minister for aboriginal affairs says four northern Manitoba First Nations are getting funding for new schools or renovations to existing ones.

Bernard Valcourt made the announcement in Winnipeg today.

He said the government doesn't know when the work will be done or how much it will cost.

The money is to come from a $500-million education infrastructure fund.

Valcourt suggested that building or renovating all at once makes sense.

He said it will save money on construction materials and shipping costs.

The Bunibonibee, God's Lake, Manto Sipi and Wasagamack First Nations are the recipients of the federal cash.