WINNIPEG, MBNATIONAL HOMELAND OF THE MÉTIS OF THE RED RIVER, October 15, 2022 /CNW/ – Today, the Honorable Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister responsible for Prairie Economic Development Canada and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, on behalf of the Honorable Dominic LeBlanc , Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, and President of the Manitoba Metis Federation David Chartrand announced federal funding of more than $23.1 million for the construction of a Métis National Heritage Center in Winnipeg, MB.
“Investments in green infrastructure like this new home for the Métis National Heritage Center provide safe and accessible spaces for communities to gather, learn and grow. This new center will showcase and celebrate Métis history through workshops on heritage, artifact protection and display, photography, as well as traditional and contemporary arts and help promote Métis culture through Manitoba and Canadasaid the Honorable Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister responsible for Prairie Economic Development Canada and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, on behalf of the Honorable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental, Infrastructure and Communities.
The first of its kind in Canada, the Métis National Heritage Center will provide an opportunity for members of the Métis Nation to showcase their history. It will provide Canadians with the opportunity to learn about the heritage, language, culture, methods of governance and significant contributions of the Métis Nation before, during and after Confederation, including the founding of the province of Manitoba in 1870.
The project will also facilitate a significant reduction in GHG emissions, provide significant energy savings and include many accessibility features that will exceed current standards. As we strive to reach our goal of net zero emissions by 2050, projects like this will help ensure that we improve the quality of life for Canadians along the way.
“The history of our Red River Métis formation and our contributions to from Canada confederation, are an integral part of our common history,” said David Chartrand, president of the MMF. “Through our heritage centre, visitors will learn how the Red River Métis were instrumental in the integration of the West Canada only 153 years ago. The Red River Métis were the economic engine of the West. It is symbolic that when you stand inside our new heritage center at the corner of Portage and Main and look through the doors, you face northwest into our homeland. This is the corner where all the roads to the west began.” said the president David ChartrandPresident of the Manitoba Metis Federation.
The announcement was made at the Manitoba Metis Federation Annual General Meeting in front of thousands of Red River Metis citizens.
By investing in infrastructure, the Government of Canada grows our country’s economy, builds the resilience of our communities and improves the lives of Canadians.
The government of Canada invest more $23.1 million through the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings (GICB) program.
The government of Canada has already contributed nearly $5.1 million to the project.
The Métis National Heritage Center represents from Canada commitment to work in partnership with the Métis Nation to advance reconciliation.
The GICB program is an integral part of from Canada Reinforced Climate Plan, providing $1.5 billion over five years toward green and accessible renovations, repairs or upgrades to existing public community buildings and the construction of new publicly accessible community buildings that serve underserved and high-needs communities across Canada.
At least 10% of funding is allocated to projects serving First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, including Indigenous populations in urban centres.
Provincial/territorial governments, municipal or regional governments, public sector bodies, non-profit organizations and Indigenous organizations interested in the GICB program are invited to apply on the Infrastructure site Canada website.
Applicants with large renovation projects of existing community buildings or new community construction projects with total eligible costs ranging from $3 million at $25 million have been accepted through a competitive admissions process. A second admission is expected later in 2022, however, the date has yet to be determined. Details about the second promotion will be posted on the Infrastructure Canada – Green and Inclusive Community Buildings website as they become available.
Applicants with small to medium renovation projects for existing community buildings with a total eligible cost ranging from $100,000 at $2,999,999 are accepted and funded on an ongoing basis.
Announced in December 2020, from Canada The Reinforced Climate Plan includes 64 new measures and $15 billion investment in a healthy environment and economy.
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