The projects are expected to bring an additional $7.5 million into the community through job creation, local trades employment and required services in the surrounding area.
Fisher River Cree Nation in Manitoba has announced the construction of major building projects, with ground-breaking ceremonies held today, May 24. 
With the ground-breaking, the community begins construction on a new $25.5 million school for grades 7-12 school, a $4.3 million community centre and a $3.6 million Child & Family services office complex.
Construction on the Child and Family services complex is already underway, while work on the school and community centre is scheduled to begin in early June, according to Chief David Crate.
Crate said the community centre is being funded by the community itself, while the province is chipping in some money for the Child and Family services centre.
Crate said a new school is badly needed.
“The existing school is going on 46 years old, and that’s K-12,” said Crate. “It’s really overcrowded.”
It’s also the second oldest First Nations school in the province, he said.
“The community already has a proud history of growth and prosperity and has achieved economic success by working in conjunction with government and private business partnerships,” said Chief David Crate.
The projects are expected to bring an additional $7.5 million into the community through job creation, local trades employment and required services in the surrounding area.
Community businesses are also expected to benefit, such as the community-owned, Castle Building Supplies, Fisher River Grocery as well as, the Bay River Inn and Suites, Motel and Conference Centre.
Crate said Fisher River Cree Nation is working hard strategically to invest in the future to create economic success and make growth a priority.
Fisher River (Ochekwi-Sipi) is a Cree First Nations reserve with a total population of 3,098 band members is located about 193 km north of Winnipeg.

Ground Breaking Ceremony – New Community Centre

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