Seabird Island community to recieve $2.1 million for community centre

Provincial, federal funding will contribute to local undertaking

A community centre could be in Seabird Island’s near future.

Infrastructure Canada announced on Friday (July 3) that the provincial and federal governments are providing more than $63 million in funding in an ongoing effort to create jobs and strengthen communities.

Of the $63.7 million, $19.4 million will go to nine projects in First Nations communities, including Seabird Island.

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Seabird Island is slated to receive about $2.1 million for a Cultural Education, Community Resource Centre and Longhouse. The project is described as “construction of a new cultural, educational, community resource centre and longhouse, including an arts room, kitchen, carving room, open carving shed, accessible washrooms, pow wow grounds and round room.”

The province and federal government are supporting a total of 21 infrastructure projects across the Lower Mainland.

The federal government is providing $44.5 million of the $63.7 million with $19.2 million coming from the province. Applicants contributed $22.3 million to the projects; Seabird Island raised $722,000 toward the community centre.

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