Ontario Creating New Community Gathering Place at Sandy Lake First Nation

Elders Hub Will Connect Community Members of All Ages

February 10, 2017

Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

Ontario is helping to create a new Elders Hub in Sandy Lake First Nation, which will serve as a gathering space to connect community members of all ages.

Funding through Ontario’s Aboriginal Community Capital Grants Program will be used to connect the new Elders Hub to an existing seniors housing facility. The new space will be used as a community centre and spiritual gathering place, bringing people together and providing elders living at the seniors housing facility with the opportunity to maintain social connections and share their wisdom and experience.

Construction is expected to be complete by spring 2018 and will create approximately 12 jobs for local residents.

The creation of the Elders Hub is one of many steps on Ontario’s journey of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. It reflects the government’s commitment to work with Indigenous partners, creating a better future for everyone in the province.

Investing in community infrastructure is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • The Aboriginal Community Capital Grants Program (ACCGP) provided $750,000 to the Sandy Lake First Nation for the construction of its Elders Hub.
  • The Sandy Lake First Nation is an Oji-Cree community, 600 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay.
  • ACCGP provides funding for First Nation communities and Indigenous organizations to build or renovate needed community infrastructure, such as community centres, day care facilities or small business centres.
  • From 2003 to 2015, ACCGP has provided more than $34 million to Indigenous communities through 134 major and minor capital grants and related feasibility studies.
  • ACCGP re-launched in June 2016 with a $3 million annual budget.

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“This $750,000 investment will help the Sandy Lake First Nation build a safe and healthy space for cross-generational interaction. Infrastructure investments go a long way in stimulating the local economy through job creation and creating valuable spaces for community members.”David ZimmerMinister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

“The new Elders Hub in Sandy Lake will provide essential services and supports to the community’s seniors, helping them to thrive and live safe, active and meaningful lives. I’m glad to have the opportunity to visit the Sandy Lake First Nation to announce this important investment.”Dipika DamerlaMinister of Seniors Affairs

“It is important for the elders to feel they are contributing to our young people and community. Having a place for the elders to share and pass down our history, culture, and arts and crafts gives the elders a sense of purpose and contributes to their well-being. The stories, the art, the traditions and the history that is shared with the youth and visitors of this facility will ensure the sustainability of the rich culture of Sandy Lake.”Bart Meekis,Chief, Sandy Lake First Nation

Media Contacts

Blair Ostrom
Minister’s Office

Flavia Mussio
Media Contact


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