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The former U.S. embassy on Wellington Street in Ottawa is considered by many to be an architectural gem.

Former embassy to be showcase for Inuit, Métis and First Nations communities

Heritage building project sends symbolic message

 In the shadow of the Peace Tower, it is one of the most coveted pieces of real estate in Canada.

Now CBC News has learned the former site of the United States embassy, closed for nearly two decades, will become a space dedicated to Inuit, Métis and First Nations communities.

A government source says that officials have not determined the exact use for the federal heritage building considered by many to be an architectural gem in the city. 

Government officials will make a formal announcement about the building later in June and launch consultations with Indigenous communities to help decide on a specific purpose​.

Dedicating a building that is just across the street from Parliament and the Prime Minister's Office to Indigenous communities is no doubt intended to send a symbolic message.

The future of the project will fall under the auspices of Indigenous and Northern Affairs as well as Public Services and Procurement Canada, which is responsible for the Parliamentary Precinct.

There was no word on the timeline for the new facility.



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