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Government of Canada announces investment to expand and upgrade the Pegamigaabo School

Morson, Ontario, September 6, 2022—Today, Marcus Powlowski, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Rainy River, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, and Lynn Indian, Chief of Big Grassy River First Nation, announced over $2.9 million to expand and upgrade the Pegamigaabo School to help meet the cultural, educational and environmental needs of Big Grassy River First Nation.

“Investing in green upgrades to public infrastructure makes sense for our environment, our communities, and our economy,” said Marcus Powlowski, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Rainy River, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities. “The upgrades and expansion to the Pegamigaabo School will reduce operational costs and GHG emissions while also increasing space and resources available for youth programs and Ojibway language instruction. Our Government will continue to work with its Indigenous, provincial/territorial and municipal partners to invest in local community infrastructure, promote climate action, and build more resilient and inclusive communities across Canada.”

“Big Grassy River First Nation is extremely excited at the opportunity being provided to the children of the Community in being selected as one of the recipients of the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program for the Retrofit and Expansion project,” said Lynn Indian, Chief of Big Grassy River First Nation. “This project will allow our children of the community access to safe, reliable, and healthy learnings environments which will provide an important foundation to life learning.”

The First Nation will retrofit the Pegamigaabo School with solar panels, high-efficiency windows and power-assisted doors. Installing a 135-kilovolt rooftop solar system on the school will lower its operating costs and allow it to continue operations during a grid disruption. These improvements will reduce the facility’s energy consumption by an estimated 59.9% and greenhouse gas emissions by 18.4 tonnes annually. Big Grassy River First Nation will also be expanding the school with an extra 200 m2 of space that will include a new pre-kindergarten classroom and an Ojibway language classroom.

This investment will help the community to realize significant cost savings that can be reapplied towards other improvements at the school and to expand the programs it offers. In addition, the expansion will provide more space to supporting young, growing minds and help preserve the Anishinaabemowin culture.

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada is investing over $2.9 million through the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings (GICB) program.
Official Notice of the First Nations Child and Family Services and Jordan’s Principle Class Action Settlement

Dear Chief,
You’re receiving this email because we are respectfully requesting that First Nations post this message for their citizens. This message shares important updates on the First Nations Child and Family Services and Jordan’s Principle Class Action Settlement.

Linked here is an official notice regarding the Class Action, including important information about timelines. This notice has been approved by the Federal Court of Canada.

The plaintiffs and Canada have reached a $20 billion settlement of this class action regarding compensation for First Nations children and some of their family members who were impacted by the Government of Canada’s discrimination in the First Nations Child and Family Services Program and Jordan’s Principle.

The Settlement is not final yet and the claims period has not yet started.

What is happening now?

The Settlement Agreement will be reviewed by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. Updates will be available at www.fnchildcompensation.ca.

The Settlement Agreement will be reviewed by the Federal Court of Canada at a hearing from September 19-23, 2022. Details on the hearing will be available at www.fnchildcompensation.ca.

If you wish to be part of the class action and make a claim for compensation, you do not need to do anything now. More information will be available when the claims period has launched. If you have any questions on the class action or compensation process, you may contact the Claims Administrator at 1-833-852-0755.

If you do NOT want to be part of the class action and do NOT wish to receive compensation, you can remove yourself. This is called “opting-out”. To do this, you must fill out the Opt-out form here by February 19, 2023. More information on opting-out is included on the Opt-out form. If you have questions about the opt-out process, you can contact the Claims Administrator at 1-833-852-0755. You can also contact Class Counsel representatives (Nahwegahbow Corbiere Genoodmagejig/Barristers & Solicitors, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP) for free legal advice on your options at: 1-877-750-5554.

You do not need to hire a legal professional for representation. On August 17, 2022, the Federal Court made an interim order that legal professionals cannot publish communications to potential claimants without Court approval. This Order will be posted at www.fnchildcompensation.ca.

What should you do next?

  • Visit www.fnchildcompensation.ca to review the Notice and Settlement Agreement.
  • Learn more about the Federal Court hearing beginning on September 19, 2022 and decide if you want to participate at www.fnchildcompensation.ca.
  • If you wish to be part of the class action, you can apply for compensation when the process is open. You do not have to do anything further right now.
  • If you do NOT wish to be part of the class action, complete the online Opt-out form here or request a paper form by calling the Administrator at 1-833-852-0755. You must submit your Opt-out form by February 19, 2023.
  • Free legal advice regarding this settlement is available through Class Counsel representatives (Nahwegahbow Corbiere Genoodmagejig/Barristers & Solicitors, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP) at 1-877-750-5554.
  • There is no need for you to personally hire any lawyer, paralegal or other adviser. However, if you choose to retain a lawyer other than Class Counsel, you will be responsible for any legal fees for their services.
  • Sign up for regular updates on the Class Action at www.fnchildcompensation.ca.

If you have any questions, please contact the Administrator at 1-833-852-0755.

If you are experiencing emotional distress and would like assistance, please contact the Hope for Wellness Helpline at 1-855-242-3310.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you would like to download and print out this form, click on the link and send it back to the contact information on the PCD form: 35J PCD FORM

Please contact Membership Administrator – Jeanette Copenace –membershipadministrator@biggrassy.ca to update your address and contact information or call Big Grassy First Nation Administration Office at 807-488-5614 ext 1006 or toll-free 1-800-361-7228 and ask for Jeanette.

Mishkosiminiziibiing (Big Grassy River) is an Ojibway community of 277 residents in Northwestern Ontario, located on the southeast shores of beautiful Lake of the Woods.  Big Grassy River First Nation is part of the Grand Council Treaty #3 Tribal Organization.

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