GNWT celebrates official opening of Ka’a’gee Tu First Nation community hall

KAKISA (September 30, 2016) - Today, residents, elders, youth and visitors celebrated the official opening of the new Ka’a’gee Tu First Nation community hall.

The community hall is a key piece of infrastructure as it hosts events organized by the Ka’a’gee Tu First Nation and attracts many visitors, including those from surrounding communities. The former facility was designed for only 50 people and did not have the capacity for larger events

The new community hall will provide a central gathering place for public ceremonies, health, wellness, and cultural activities, as well as learning events. Not only will it increase public participation in community activities, but it will also be better positioned to support the delivery of services to the residents and to promote economic growth.

Quotes

“This project demonstrates the continued partnership through investment in community public infrastructure with all levels of government. This beautiful community hall provides a gathering place in a multi-use facility that supports the needs of the community and the delivery of programs and activities for residents and visitors to the Ka’a’gee Tu First Nation. Today’s grand opening demonstrates our commitment to healthy resilient communities in the North.”

  • Caroline Cochrane,  Minister, Municipal and Community Affairs, 

“The community is proud to have partnered with the Federal and Territorial governments to invest in a multi-purpose facility where residents and visitors, of all ages can gather together and participate in events, programs and activities. Special thanks to the contractor and project managers who worked closely with our community to make this a successful project. This building will support our community needs and quality of life for many years.”

  • Chief Lloyd Chicot, Ka’a’gee Tu First Nation

“Community public infrastructure, such as the Ka’a’gee Tu First Nation community hall, plays a key role in developing dynamic communities that celebrate Canada’s diverse heritage and creativity. The Government of Canada has made an historic commitment to invest more than $120-billion in public infrastructure to better meet the needs of Canadians, strengthen the economy and build the Canada of the 21st century. It is thanks to projects like the one we’re celebrating today that Canadian communities will remain among the best places in the world to live, work and raise a family.”

  • Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for the Northwest Territories, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada contributed $520,490 towards this project through the Provincial-Territorial Base Fund under the 2007 Build Canada Plan.
  • The Ka’a’gee Tu First Nation contributed more than $1.6 million through the Community Public Infrastructure Fund, received by the GNWT, to cover the remaining total project cost of $2.1 million.
  • The building is 3200 square feet, and includes an assembly hall,  kitchen, lounge, resource centre,  washrooms, storage space  and large outdoor covered deck facing Kakisa Lake.

Related Links

Investing in Canada, the Government of Canada’s new $120 billion infrastructure plan

Federal infrastructure investments in the Northwest Territories

Department of Municipal and Community Affairs

Ka’a’gee Tu First Nation

Media Inquiries

Jay Boast
Communications and Website Advisor
Department of Municipal and Community Affairs
Government of the Northwest Territories
867-767-9162 ext. 21044
jay_boast@gov.nt.ca

Ruby Simba
Ka’a’gee Tu First Nation Band Manager
Ka’a’gee Tu First Nation
867 825-2000
kaageetu_manager@northwestel.net