The children and families of the Abegweit First Nation will benefit from federal and provincial support for enhancements being undertaken at the Abegweit First Nation Community Centre.
The plans include a 3,200-square-foot addition to the existing community centre. The new addition to the facility will enable the Abegweit First Nation to further expand an ongoing, strong focus on developing the overall health of the community with the goal of building a prosperous future.
The Government of Canada is investing $129,920 from the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund. The Government of Prince Edward Island is investing $75,000 under the Island Community Fund.
ACOA Minister Gail Shea, P.E.I. Rural Development Minister Ron MacKinley and Brian Francis, chief of the Abegweit First Nation announced the details for the upgrades during a news conference.
“Our investment into improvements at the Abegweit Community Centre will support the prosperity of the Abegweit First Nation and the local Aboriginal groups for years to come," said Shea.
MacKinley said, “Enlarging the community centre will allow for an expansion of the centre’s programming which is focused on youth and the overall health of the community.”
Further upgrades will include the installation of a new security system, a new septic system, expanded parking and a driveway.
"A community family resource centre where parenting support and youth intervention programs are available will build upon existing strengths and resources in the community and further support the vision of a strong Mi'kmaq nation into the future,” said Francis.