Canada, Saskatchewan announce $13.5 million for nine infrastructure projects

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CaDCR staff writer

Nine infrastructure projects in Saskatchewan will share more than $13.5 million from the governments of Canada and Saskatchewan.

Pheasant Rump Nakota First Nation will build a 7,800-square-foot Indigenous Cultural Centre to promote the Nakota language and culture. Features include a rooftop patio and arbour connecting to Nakota lands, offering a safe and accessible space for community engagement with traditional knowledge, language, and culture.

“Through collaboration with our Saskatchewan partners, we are committed to improving overall quality of life by providing reliable drinking water and enhancing recreational opportunities. This shared commitment ensures sustainable solutions for the well-being and prosperity for residents for years to come,” said Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, PrairiesCan and CanNor.

The Village of Lipton received funding to expand storage capacity of the existing lagoon to meet their growing needs and also eliminate excessive wastewater discharging. The work will see an approximately 36,800-cubic-metre storage cell built, along with transfer structure, piping, landscaping, and modifications to the discharge location.

Also, Valley Regional Park Authority will replace two unsafe, outdated seasonal buildings with a new two-story, energy-efficient facility. The existing Pro Shop will be moved and renovated to create a small gathering space and public washroom near the playpark, while the current deteriorating clubhouse will be demolished. The new facility will provide an extensive range of programs and services year-round and be accessible throughout.

Projects also include water treatment upgrades in Abbey, a lagoon expansion in Pangman, and water and wastewater improvements in Rockglen. Additionally, White Bear First Nation will build an all-ages spray park, and Pasqua First Nation will construct a new community centre.

“The Pheasant Rump Nakota Nation is appreciative of the support of the governments of Canada and Saskatchewan in providing safe dedicated space for the preservation, protection, and promotion of Nakoda traditional knowledge, language and culture,” said Chief Ira McArthur, Pheasant Rump Nakota First Nation. This investment will build upon the efforts of our Nation and neighbouring communities in upholding and honouring the inclusivity and diversity of people who choose to live, work, and raise their families in Treaty 4 territory and southeastern Saskatchewan,”

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