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Members of the Pikogan Community stand with Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett.

Indigenous Affairs announces Quebec First Nations projects

Canada’s Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett visited two First Nations communities in eastern Quebec recently with announcements of infrastructure spending.

In Pikogan, Bennett outlined spending of $1.2 million for projects to address the community's housing and cultural and recreational infrastructure needs, a federal media statement issued Jan12, 2017. The allocations will support the construction of a youth centre, a traditional gathering site and a soccer field as well as the installation of outdoor playgrounds and water play areas.

As part of the package, the federal government will also spend $180,000 to renovate 10 housing units and $240,000 on a community radio station.

Pikogan is an Algonquin community located three kilometres from Amos, in Abitibi-Temiscamingue. It has 1,038 members, 566 of whom reside in the community.

On her visit to Lac Simon, Bennett announced spending of $3.2 million on capital projects. The allocations include funding for plans to expand the Amikobi elementary school as well as funding for an expansion of the community centre to include a youth centre and fitness centre. Other spending includes $520,000 to build eight "mini homes," upgrades to two streets and improvements to the lighting at the elementary and high schools. The biggest job will be construction of a $1.1-million water supply line.

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