Government of Canada Invests $97,500 to Renovate the Wahta Community Cultural and Healing Centre

May 31, 2017 – Bala, ON – Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario – FedNor

The Government of Canada is investing $97,500 to assist Wahta Mohawks First Nation repair and upgrade its Community Cultural and Healing Centre. The improvements will help transform the facility into a safe meeting place aimed at healing and well-being.

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor, announced the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program funding today. Specifically, the funding will assist with exterior decking, exit landings and stairs, eavestroughs, window well drainage, as well as the completion of the building’s basement.


“The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of investing in infrastructure projects that have a positive and significant impact on Indigenous communities and peoples. Today’s announcement will enable the Wahta Mohawks First Nation to expand the use of its community centre by enhancing accessibility and safety, as well as preserving the building’s structural integrity.”

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor

“On behalf of Wahta Mohawks membership, I would like to acknowledge the Government of Canada’s support that will enable us to complete restoration at the long closed federal day school.  With the addition of a finished basement, we will be able to enhance our ongoing cultural programming. The building, which was recently repurposed as a Cultural Healing Centre, will also be used to display artifacts that will be available to the Centre’s visitors to increase their understanding of our history.”

Philip Franks, Chief, Wahta Mohawks First Nation

Quick Facts

  • The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) funding is part of the Government of Canada’s coordinated approach to mark the 150thanniversary of Confederation. These investments across Canada will help create jobs, boost economic activity, strengthen communities, and celebrate Canada’s rich heritage and history.
  • FedNor is delivering this program in Northern Ontario with an allocation of $10.4 million over two years, ending March 31st, 2018.

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