Upgrades done for energy efficient buildings in Kapawe’no First Nation

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Grouard— The Band Office and Daycare facilities in Kapawe’no First Nation are receiving energy and facility upgrades after an investment of more than $1.5 million from the federal government. This was announced today by Minister Sean Fraser and Chief Sydney Halcrow.

To reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, the two buildings will receive upgrades to the lighting, HVAC, and water systems. These renovations, in addition to the installation of solar panels, will create sustainable spaces that will continue to serve the community for years to come. Further upgrades will also be done to the Band Office to expand the Community Hall and add a Wellness Centre.

Everything from early childhood education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to the Indigenous Skills, Employment and Training program, child welfare, education, health, mental health, housing, and youth services, as well as economic and social development programs are provided in these buildings. With these upgrades, the Kapawe’no First Nation will be able to reinvest the expected cost savings into valuable programs that support the members of their community from all generations.

“The energy and building upgrades to these essential facilities through the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program will support the Kapawe’no First Nation for years to come. Community members will be able to learn, gather together, and access the essential services provided in these spaces, all while helping the environment. The Band Office, Community Hall, Daycare and Head Start facilities not only bring people together, but also support the future success of the entire community by fostering essential life skills, strengthening culture, and community wellbeing.” – Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities