Monday, June 24, 2024

Canada announces funding for new school in Burwash Landing

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This is a joint news release with the Government of Canada and Kluane First Nation. 

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Today, Member of Parliament for Yukon Dr. Brendan Hanley, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities; Yukon’s Minister of Education Jeanie McLean; and Yukon’s Minister of Highways and Public Works Nils Clarke, announced preliminary joint funding of $22.5 million for the construction of a new school in Burwash Landing. The final value to build the school will not be determined until the procurement phase concludes.

The new public school, or Kêts’ádań Kų̀, which means “house of learning” in the Southern Tutchone language of Kluane First Nation, will replace the aging Kluane Lake School located in Destruction Bay. For more than 60 years, the existing school has been populated primarily by students residing in or near Burwash Landing who have had to rely on buses to get to and from school. The construction of this new Kêts’ádań Kù in Burwash Landing will better serve children and families in the community for years to come.

By investing in rural, remote and northern infrastructure, the Government of Canada is growing our country’s economy, increasing the resiliency of our communities, and improving the lives of Canadians.

The Government of Canada is investing up to a maximum of $10,875,000, and the Government of Yukon will be contributing at least $11.7 million to match Canada’s investment for this project.

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