Joint Funding of a Terrestrial Learning Center for the Campus of the 4th First Nations University of Canada | PKBNEWS

The federal and Saskatchewan governments have announced that they will fund the First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv) for its fourth campus, which will be used for land-based learning.

The campus space is 22 acres and is located near the city of St. Louis along the South Saskatchewan River. Students enrolled at FNUniv will soon have a place of Indigenous teaching and learning on the grounds which will include overnight facilities such as cabins, showers and toilets, a dining hall with a kitchen, water and wastewater facilities, a permanent sweat lodge structure and an outdoor learning center.

FNUniv President Jackie Ottman said the institution had been using this outdoor space for a few years before the pandemic for cultural camps for education and social work programs.

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“We are a university that is the foundation of indigenous knowledge systems,” Ottman said. “It is important that we incorporate these knowledge systems and transfer these teachings to our students.”

Ottman said FNUniv will receive more than $2 million to build this infrastructure. The funding was announced Wednesday by Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, and Saskatchewan Government Relations Minister Don McMorris.

“The investments announced today will create opportunities for Saskatchewanians to build a better future for themselves, their families and their communities,” LeBlanc said in a news release. “We will continue to work with our partners to support rural and Indigenous communities across Saskatchewan. »

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Ottman said she was “extremely excited” to hear about this opportunity for FNUniv to grow with this infrastructure funding. Construction will begin this spring with hopes to be completed later this year.

“For this land-based center of learning, we hope to expand our students’ opportunities to the community, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous,” she said. “I think it will be a source of healing, a source of reconciliation. I’m really excited that we can commit and (start) construction quite quickly. »

The federal and provincial governments announced joint funding of more than $19.7 million for 25 infrastructure projects across the province.

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Other locations that will receive funding for infrastructure projects are Estevan and the Town of Kindersley, with infrastructure improvements including bridge replacements for the rural municipalities of Big Stick, Biggar and Laurier. In addition, five landfills for the villages of Climax, Ceylon and Harris and the towns of Lumsden and Milestone will also benefit from this funding.

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