Today, members of the Six Nations community gathered to celebrate the announcement of $215,778 in federal funding for the longhouse at Kayanase Grounds, contributing to the total project cost of $438,694.
These funds will contribute to the ongoing work to rehabilitate the Kayanase Grounds and construct a historically accurate longhouse for cultural and educational experiences.
Cambridge Member of Parliament Bryan May, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, announced the funding and toured the project with local dignitaries and members of the community.
This project is one of over 730 Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) projects approved in southern Ontario. Total funding of up to $88.8 million is being delivered across the region by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).
These projects will allow Canadians to enjoy upgraded community facilities such as parks, trails, cultural and community centres. They will also help to create a lasting legacy as Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.
“The rehabilitation and construction going on at Kayanase Grounds will have a lasting legacy in educating and inspiring people of all ages for years to come. Congratulations on receiving this funding, and on this amazing project.”
- Bryan May, Member of Parliament for Cambridge
“Grand River Employment and Training Inc appreciate the Canada Infrastructure Award. The grant will support and assist with the building of Kayanase’s cultural tourism infrastructure. The 17th century replica longhouse and the planned Turtle Garden are cultural assets that will benefit and educate our, and surrounding, communities. This facility will raise awareness and promote Six Nations of the Grand River Territory’s rich culture.”
- Board of Directors, Grand River Employment and Training Inc.
- The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is a $300-million national program, which is being delivered by regional development agencies across the country.