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Proposed Gichi Kendaasiwin Centre at Lakehead University receives provincial funding

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation has announced that Lakehead University has received a $1 million grant for the proposed Gichi Kendaasiwin Centre, a facility devoted to increasing academic opportunities for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students.

NOHFC announces money for design and engineering

Conceptual drawing of the Gichi Kendaasiwin Centre, which can now proceeed into the design and engineering phase thanks to an NOHFC grant. (Lakehead University)

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation has announced that Lakehead University has received a $1 million grant for the proposed Gichi Kendaasiwin Centre, a facility devoted to increasing academic opportunities for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students.

According to a press release from the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, the centre will include classroom and meeting spaces, a gathering and performance space, as well as support services for Indigenous students and community members.

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The facility will also house academic departments devoted to delivering Indigenous programming.

In the release, Minister Michael Gravelle was quoted as saying that the "Gichi Kendaasiwin Centre is a strong example of the relationship-building between Northern Ontario academic institutions and Indigenous peoples.

We are pleased to play a positive and supportive role in building those relationships."

The NOHFC grant allows the project to proceed into the design and engineering phase. 

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