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This map of Canada shows where Canada's Economic Action Plan Aboriginal and Northern infrastructure projects are underway in each province and territory.  The announcements fall under the categories of: schools; water and wastewater systems; housing; Arctic research infrastructure; rail service; health infrastructure; and police infrastructure.  

The maps data is updated to December 15, 2010.

School Projects

British Columbia - A major renovation and addition is underway at the Acwsalcta School in the First Nation community of Nuxalk.  A new school for grade 7-12 students of the Ahousaht First Nation community is under construction. A new school for the Penticton First Nation community is near completion.

Alberta - A new elementary school will be built on the Fox Lake reserve of the Little Red River Cree Nation in northern Alberta. Also, part of the funded project will include a retrofit of the existing school on the reserve.

Saskatchewan - A new school for the Birch Narrows Dene Nation was completed in August 2010. A new elementary school on the Peter Ballantyne First Nation is near completion.

Manitoba - A new school for the Opaskwayak Cree Nation is near completion. A school on the Wabaseemoong First Nation is under construction.  A new school on the North Spirit Lake First Nation is under construction.

Quebec - A major renovation to the Uauitshitun School in Natashquan is near completion.  Another major renovation project will be done to the Otapi High School in the community of Manawan.

New Brunswick - A new school for the First Nation community of Burnt Church is near complete.

Water and Wastewater Projects

British Columbia - The Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation Community are having their water supply system updated and a new sewage collection system built. On the Kamloops First Nation, new sewer pipes and lift stations are being installed. The Tsawwassen First Nation will see the addition of a sewage treatment connection and a metro Vancouver water connection. The Ahousaht First Nation is seeing the water system enhancement to their subdivision.  The Gitxalaa First Nation will see benefits from a sewage collection and treatment project.

Alberta - Upgrades to the current wastewater system are underway on Whitefish Lake First Nation. A new water treatment system in the community of the Dene Tha' First Nation is near completion. The Saddle Lake First Nation's new water treatment plant is currently under construction.

Saskatchewan - A new sewage lagoon has been completed on the Black Lake Denesuline Nation. The Fond du Lac Denesuline Nation has a completed new sewage lagoon system and has decommissioned the old lagoon.

Manitoba - A new sewage lagoon and pumping station has been constructed in the Pinaymootang First Nation community and the old lagoon decommissioned. Critical upgrades to the existing water and sewage treatment plants are near completion in the community of War Lake.  Construction of a new lagoon is underway on the Norway House Cree Nation.

Ontario - The construction of a new water treatment plant and repairs to current infrastructure have been completed on the Moose Deer Point First Nation. The Whitefish Lake First Nations will have a new booster pumping station by the end of March 2011.

Quebec - The Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation will see the development of municipal water and wastewater networks for the urban portion of the community in the near future. The water treatment and reservoir capacities on the Kahnawake First Nation are near completion.

Nova Scotia - On the First Nation community of Wagmatcook,a new sludge system is being built to replace the existing stabilization pond serving the north side of the reserve.

Newfoundland and Labrador - A new water intake piping system is near completion in the community of Natuashish. A new mechanical sewage treatment is being built in the First Nation community of Sheshatshiu.

On-Reserve Housing

The Government of Canada has committed $400 million over two years to support on-reserve housing.  The map shows how much has been allocated for each region and a pie chart for each region indicates the percentage of housing projects where construction is initiated and construction is completed.

British Columbia - Sixty-three million dollars has been made available to address on-reserve housing issues – 51% construction initiated and 49% of projects completed.

Alberta - Fifty-one million has been made available to First Nations to address on-reserve housing issues in the province – 46% construction initiated and 54% of projects completed.

Saskatchewan - Sixty-three million is allocated to First Nations to address on-reserve housing issues in the province – 59% construction initiated and 41% of projects completed.

Manitoba - Seventy-eight million has been made available to First Nations to address on-reserve housing issues in the province – 44% construction initiated and 56% of projects completed.

Ontario - Seventy million has been allocated to First Nations to address on-reserve housing issues in the province – 49% construction initiated and 51% of projects completed.

Quebec - Forty-seven million has been allocated to First Nations to address on-reserve housing issues in the province – 44% construction initiated and 56% of projects completed.

Atlantic Region - Twenty-three million has been allocated to First Nations in the region to address on-reserve housing issues – 39% construction initiated and 61% of projects completed.

Yukon - Four million has been allocated to the Yukon First Nations to address on-reserve housing issues – 61% construction initiated; 39% completed.

In addition, Canada's Economic Plan committed $200 million over two years in dedicated funding for the territories to support the renovation and construction of new housing units. The map shows that $50 million was allocated for the Yukon, $100 million for Nunavut and $50 million for the Northwest Territories and that construction has started on all the projects in these territories.

Arctic Research Facilities

The map shows the location of the recipients of the $85-million fund to upgrade key Arctic research facilities that were announced.

The locations include:

Northwest Territories: Yellowknife, Inuvik and, Mackenzie Delta; in Manitoba: Churchill and Wapusk National Park; in the Yukon: Whitehorse, Kluane and, Old Crow; in Labrador: Northwest River, Saglek Bay and Nain;

Northern Quebec: Kuujjuaq, Radisson, Umiujaq, Lac a l'Eau Claire, Boniface River, Salluit and Whapmagoostui-Kuujjuarapik;

Nunavut: Arviat, Cambridge Bay, Iqaluit, Gjoa Haven, Igloolik, Resolute, Eureka, Ellesmere Island, Alert, Digges Island, East Bay Southampton Island, Sanikiluaq, Coats Island, Prince Leopold Island, Rankin Inlet, Tern Island, Ward Hunt Island, Karrak Island and Bylot Island.

Police Infrastructure

Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government has committed $15 million for critical policing infrastructure to address health, safety, and facility integrity issues in First Nations and Aboriginal communities; 17 facilities are complete and since the last report, an additional project is underway.  

Policing facilities construction is found in:

Ontario: the Cat Lake First Nation, the Couchiching First Nation, the Fort Albany First Nation, the Kasabonika First Nation, the Mattagami First Nation, the Pikangikum First Nation, Six Nations of the Grand River Territory First Nations, the United Chiefs and Councils of Manitoulin's  Anishnaabe Police Service, the Webequie First Nation, the Weenusk (Peawanuck) First Nation, the Wikwemikong First Nation and the Wunnumin Lake First Nation.  The Sandy Lake First Nation in Ontario will also benefit from the construction of a new police facility. 

Prince Edward Island: The Abegweit First Nation.

British Columbia: Ahousaht First Nation.

Quebec: the Kativik Inuit community.

Nova Scotia: The Shubenacadie and Pictou Landing First Nations.

Health Infrastructure

The map shows, by region, new construction and renovation projects for First Nations health infrastructure made possible by funding under the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan. The total funding for all projects and incremental costs associated with these projects is $135 million.

Pacific region. Huu-ay-aht First Nation - A new multipurpose health station to replace the previous Huu-ay-aht Health Station, a trailer that was placed in the community in 1977, is now complete. The project is valued at $2.578 million. The community is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island and is about 197 km north-west of Victoria. Lower Post First Nation - A new health centre is under construction and is scheduled for completion in January 2011. The community is located on the Alaska Highway about 450 km from Whitehorse, and 10 km south of the Yukon border. Anaham First Nation - a new health centre has been completed Anaham (Tl'etingox-T'in) First Nation replacing the health station constructed in 1983 and lost in a 2008 fire. The project is valued at $2.5 million dollars.  The community is located in the Chilcotin District in the western Central Interior region approximately 100 km west of Williams Lake. Yekooche First Nation - a new health station is completed on the Yekooche First Nation. The new facility replaced a trailer that was brought into the community in 1970. The project is valued at $2.705 million. Construction began in summer 2009. The community is located approximately 180 km from Prince George.  Spallumcheen First Nation - Located in the Chilcotin District in the Western Central Interior region, approximately 35.2 kilometers north of Vernon and 112 kilometers east of Kamloops.  A new health centre is being built to replace the existing health station. The project is valued at $2.01 million and was completed in November 2010.  Lax Kwa'laams First Nation - The community of Lax Kwa'laams is situated approximately 30 kilometers northwest of Prince Rupert.  The new facility will expand an existing facility built in 2000. The expansion will include a dental clinic, an expanded treatment area and additional space to accommodate expanding health programs.  The project value is $1.065 million and was completed in December 2010.

Alberta.  Swan River First Nation – The project is an expansion to the existing health centre that was constructed in 1996 and is valued at $1.34 million. Construction was completed in March 2010. The community is located 48 km west of Slave Lake and 71 km east of High Prairie along Highway 2, on the southern shores of the Lesser Slave Lake approximately 297 km north of Edmonton. Fort Chipewyan First Nation - The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations reserve is located across the lake from the hamlet of Fort Chipewyan on the south-western shore of Lake Athabasca. It is approximately 200 kilometers north of Fort McMurray and 600 kilometres northeast of Edmonton.  A new health centre is under construction and will replace the existing nursing station that was constructed in 1981. The project is valued at $15 million and is scheduled for completion in January 2011.  Hay Lakes First Nation (Dene Tha' Chateh) - This Denesuline community is located 100 kilometers northwest of High Level in northern Alberta.  The new health centre will replace the existing nursing station constructed in 1987. The project is value at $9.5 million and is scheduled for completion in March 2011. 

Saskatchewan. Piapot First Nation – The new health centre will replace the existing facility that was built in 1994. The project is valued at $2 million and the expected completion date is January 2011. Piapot First Nation is located about 26 km north of Regina. Sturgeon Lake First Nation – A new health centre is being constructed, replacing the existing health centre built in 1982.  The construction costs are valued at $2.05 million. Completion is planned for February 2011. Sturgeon Lake is located 46 km northwest of Prince Albert. Beardy's Okemasis First Nation - The new health centre was completed in September 2010, which replaced the health centre that was constructed in 1984. The project costs are estimated to be $2.25 million.  Beardy's Okemasis First Nation is located approximately 56 km southwest of Prince Albert, and 85 km north of Saskatoon.  James Smith Cree Nation - The community is located 58 kilometers east of Prince Albert.  The community will receive an expansion to the existing health centre that was constructed in 1998. The value of the project is $550,000 and was completed in December 2010. Makwa First Nation - The community is located 241 kilometers west of Saskatoon.  The project is an expansion to the existing health centre that was constructed in 1999; the value of the project is $550,000 and was completed in November 2010.  Saulteaux First Nation - The community is located near Cochin and Jackfish Lake in Saskatchewan.  The project is an expansion to the existing multi-purpose health centre that was constructed in 2002; the value of the project is $550,000 and is scheduled for completion in January 2011.  Mistawasis First Nation – This community is located 70 kilometers west of Prince Albert and 120 kilometers north of Saskatoon.  The construction of a new health centre, to replace one built in 1995, is underway.  The value of the project is $2.1 million and is scheduled for completion in February 2011.  Muskoday First Nation – The community is located 26.5 kilometers southeast of Prince Albert.  An expansion to the health centre constructed in 2001 was done in September 2010 and is valued at $550,000.  Thunderchild First Nation – This community is located approximately 230 kilometers west of Prince Albert and 113 kilometers northwest of North Battleford.  The project is an expansion to the existing multi-purpose health centre that was built in 1997.  The value of the project is $550,000 and is scheduled for completion in January 2011. 

Manitoba.  Bloodvein First Nation - A new nursing station is under construction that will replace the existing facility that was constructed in 1979. The project is valued at $3.06 million. Construction began in the summer of 2009 with planned completion for January 2011.  The community is located approximately 200 km from Winnipeg.  York Landing First Nation - A new nursing residence is under construction in the community.  The project is valued at $3.67 million and was completed in December 2010. The residence will complement the new $4.5 million nursing station that was completed in September 2009. York Landing is a remote community, located about 100 km northeast of Thompson, Manitoba.  South Indian Lake (O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation) - This Cree community is located approximately 1000 kilometers north of Winnipeg, with an on reserve population of approximately 1200 members.  The new nursing station will replace the existing health facility built in 1983. The value of the investment is $5.6 million and is scheduled for completion in February 2011. Cross Lake First Nation – This Cree community is located approximately 3.5 hours south of Thompson, Manitoba, with an on-reserve population of 3138 members.  The project is an expansion of the existing nursing station that was originally built in 1978.  The value of the project is $1.85 million and is scheduled for completion in February 2011.  Peguis First Nation - This Ojibway/Cree community is located approximately 145 kilometers north of Winnipeg and has an on-reserve population of 3553.  The new infrastructure will replace the community health facility that was built in 1987.  The value of the project is $3 million and is scheduled for completion in January 2011.  Fort Alexander First Nation - This community has an on-reserve population of 3189 members.  A new health centre is under construction which will replace the current facility that was built in 1988.  The value of this project is $3.97 million and is scheduled for completion in January 2011.  Split Lake First Nation – The community's on-reserve population is approximately 2130 members.  The infrastructure under construction is a new nurse's residence that will complement the community's recently constructed nursing station; the nurse's residence are intended to assist in the community's recruitment and retention efforts for nursing staff.  The value of the project is $1.7 million and is scheduled for completion in January 2011.  St. Theresa Point First Nation – The community is located 610 kilometers northeast of Winnipeg and has an on-reserve population of approximately 3268.  Under construction is a new nurse's residence that will complement the new nursing station that was completed in July 2009.  The new facility will help to support recruitment and retention of nursing staff. The project is valued at $5 million and is scheduled for completion in March 2011.  God's Lake Narrows First Nation – The community is located 1037 kilometers northeast of Winnipeg and has an on-reserve population of 1400.  Under construction is a new nurse's residence that will support recruitment and retention efforts of nursing staff. The project is valued at $695,000 and is scheduled for completion in March 2011.  Oxford House First Nation – The community is located 950 kilometers northeast of Winnipeg and has an on-reserve population of 2177.  A new nursing station to replace one built in 1978 is currently under construction.  The value of the project is $5.7 million and is scheduled for completion in March 2011.  Garden Hill First Nation – This Cree community has an on-reserve population of 3424. Under construction is a new nurse's residence that will complement the existing nursing station. The value of the project is $4.8 million and is scheduled for completion in March 2011.  Lac Brochet First Nation – This Denesuline community is located 928 kilometers north of Winnipeg and has an on-reserve population of 431.  The project under construction is a new nurse's residence that will support recruitment and retention efforts. The value of the project is $1.25 million and is scheduled for completion in March 2011.  Opaskwayak Cree Nation - The new facility will provide the community with larger and better quality space to deliver health programs and services to its community members.  The new facility, which will house a number of health programs and services, is valued at $3.34 million and is scheduled for completion in March 2011.

Ontario. Pic Mobert Health Station (Replacement) - A new health centre was completed on the Pic Mobert First Nation, replacing the original structure that was built in 1985. Construction began in the summer of 2009 and was completed in March 2010. The community is located 400 km east of Thunder Bay, Ontario. It has an on-reserve population of approximately 325. The project is valued at $2.13 million. Batchewana Health Station - Batchewana is an Anishinaabe (Ojibway) community located approximately 2 hours northwest of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. It has an on-reserve population of approximately 631 members. The health infrastructure project is valued at $1.5 million and was completed in May, 2010.  Gull Bay Health Station (Replacement) - Gull Bay is an Anishinaabe (Ojibway) community located approximately 2.5 hours north of Thunder Bay, Ontario. It has an on-reserve population of approximately 318 members. This construction replaces the health facility built in 1982. The project is valued at $2.73 million and was completed in March 2010. Fort Hope First Nation. This Anishinaabe (Ojibway) community located 480 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, Ontario. It has an on reserve population of approximately 1269 members.  The existing nursing station, built in 1984, is being expanded to the value of $9.4 million; the project is scheduled for completion in March 2011. 

QuebecOpitciwan Nursing Station - Opitciwan is an Atikamekw community located approximately 10.5 hours northeast of Quebec City. It has an on-reserve population of about 2092. The expansion creates additional space to the existing nursing station built in 1986 and expanded and renovated in 1994. The project is valued at $2.535 million and was completed in October 2010.  Pakua Shipi Nursing Station - Pakua Shipi is located approximately 4 hours north-north-east from Quebec City by air. It has an on-reserve population of approximately 308. This expansion creates additional space to the existing nursing station built in 1983 and expanded/renovated in 1997. The project is valued at $1.75 million and is scheduled for completion in March 2011.

Atlantic RegionPabineau Health Center - Pabineau First Nation is a Mi'kmaq community located approximately 2.5 hours, north of Moncton. It has an on-reserve population of approximately 100. The project is valued at $1.22 million and is scheduled for completion in March 2011.  Tobique First Nation - This Maliseet community is situated in north-western New Brunswick, approximately two hours north of Fredericton, with an on reserve population of approximately 1406 members. A new health has been recently completed, replacing the previous facility that was built in 1993.  The value of the new facility is $3.35 million.  Oromocto First Nation (Wel-A-Mook-Took) – This Mi'kmaq/Maliseet community is located approximately 20 minutes from Fredericton and has an on-reserve population of approximately 264. The community health centre that was originally built in 1997 will be expanded. The value of the project is $1.26 million and is scheduled for completion in March 2011.

Rail Transportation

The map shows two areas where funding from Canada's Economic Action Plan will improve rail service to benefit First Nations in the area. The Tshiuetin Rail Transportation – a passenger and freight rail company owned and operated by three First Nations communities in Quebec – received funding for capital improvements to improve the rail line and the passenger rail service between Sept-Îles and Schefferville. This will include track replacements and repairs, the construction of two sheds and a turning track, improvements to electrical and telecommunications systems, and the acquisition of maintenance equipment. Construction is underway and the scheduled completion date is March 2011.

In Manitoba, the Keewatin Railway Company, a passenger and freight rail company owned and operated by three First Nations communities received funding for capital improvements to the passenger rail service between The Pas and Pukatawagan in northern Manitoba. This project includes railway track rehabilitation, the acquisition of a locomotive and other rail equipment, and construction of a locomotive repair facility in The Pas, as well as a new station in Pukatawagan. Work is underway and the scheduled project completion date is March 2011.

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