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Collaborative action by Québec, Ottawa and the Anicinapek Council to improve the living conditions in the Community of Kitcisakik

Val-d'Or, December 14, 2009 – The governments of Québec and Canada are uniting their efforts to provide the community of Kitcisakik with immediate assistance for improving the living conditions of its population. This collaborative action of the two governments and the Algonquin community has led to the announcement today of a close to $1.4 million contribution by Québec and of a call for bids being launched by Ottawa to build a new elementary school.


Pierre Corbeil, as Québec's Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and the Minister responsible for the regions of Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Nord-du-Québec, along with Laurent Lessard, as Québec's Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Occupation of the Territory, have confirmed the allocation of $3 million over three years through a special program of the Société d'habitation du Québec. «The Québec government is proposing a solution which is adapted to the situation of Kitcisakik by taking account of the community's specific needs. “Thanks to a Société d'habitation du Québec program designed specially for Kitcisakik, numerous families in the village will see their homes undergo major renovations or expansions. The result for these families will be a healthier living environment,” said the Minister of Municipal Affairs.


To provide a reliable source of power for the community, Québec has also agreed to fund the replacement of the generators that power all the public buildings in the village: early childhood centre, community centre, health centre, schoolrooms, Council offices, etc. For that purpose, $200,000 has been earmarked from the Aboriginal Initiatives Fund of the Secrétariat aux affaires autochtones. The federal government will coordinate the technical work involved.   

Economic development

The Secrétariat aux affaires autochtones is also providing the community of Kitcisakik with a $195,000 grant from the Aboriginal Initiatives Fund to support its economic development. Thus, for a three-year period, the community will be able to hire resources necessary for its business planning.

“These investments illustrate the Québec government's commitment to promote the well-being of the population in Kitcisakik. They also meet the needs expressed by the community, which wants its members to participate actively in the work that is done to improve the situation,” said Minister Corbeil.   

Elementary school

The federal government is initiating studies for building a new modular elementary school to be located on Lac Dozois for the 2010-2011 school year. The construction of this school will improve the educational services being sought by the Kitcisakik Band Council.   

“Improving the living conditions for First Nation members is one of the priorities of our Government,” said the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-status Indians. “We are taking action on the situation of the Algonquins of Kitcisakik. This is why we have adopted a collaborative, results-oriented approach with the Quebec government with the goal to improve the living conditions in the community. Our commitment to move forward on the modular primary school project in Kitcisakik is supporting the education of First Nations students.”   

“These announcements strengthen the hope that our population and our youths will be able to live in a better environment and develop their autonomy,” said Kitcisakik Chief Edmond Brazeau. “Kitcisakik has done home renovation work in partnership with Emergency Architects and the Frontiers Foundation. This collaboration has brought good results, which are encouraging the community members to mobilize around this objective. Thanks to the substantial support of the Quebec government, we will be able to continue this work. Our families will have more adequate housing and our children will soon be able to go to school, from kindergarten to grade six, in their own community.”

Minister Corbeil congratulated Chief Brazeau and his council for the colossal efforts they are making to improve the well-being of their community. "Despite a difficult socio-economic situation, the council is providing strong leadership and is developing promising partnerships. I wish to assure the people of Kitcisakik that our government will support them every step of the way in the projects they develop to enhance their well-being. I also wish to mention the collaborative spirit that is guiding the governments in their action with the community of Kitcisakik,” concluded the Minister.

At the First Nations Socio-Economic Forum held in Mashteuiatsh in 2006, Québec Premier Jean Charest made the commitment to improve the lives of the Algonquin families of Kitcisakik. Since that time, the Québec government has supported numerous projects in the community, particularly through initiatives dealing with health and social conditions. Québec is working as a steadfast partner of Kitcisakik, in collaboration with the federal government.

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Announcement made by the governments of Québec and Canada in Val-D'Or, on December 14. From left to right: Bernard McNamara, Emergency Architects, Pierre Corbeil, minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Charles Catto, Frontiers Foundation, Edmond Brazeau, Kitcisakik chief, and Pierre Nepton, representative for Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.

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