Cat Lake celebrates new school
It has taken over 13 years but Cat Lake First Nation finally has a new school.
The Lawrence Wesley Education Centre opened during ceremonies last week, which included guest speakers, a feast, a tour of the community and a rousing performance by Winnipeg square dancers.
“This a dream realized,” said Cat Lake Chief Russell Wesley. “This is an investment in the future and it has been 13 years in the making so I am very happy how things turned out.”
The new kindergarten to Grade 8 facility will accommodate approximately 176 students and is 2,249 square metres in size.
The autumn colours in the interior inspire the school colours and the exterior blue colours are taken form the official colours used by the community. Not only is there the school but also a hockey rink, baseball field and kindergarten play area in front of the school for easy community access.
The previous school burned down over 13 years ago leaving the students in an older makeshift building with five cramped classrooms and portables.
“There is a need for more schools, better schools in our communities,” said Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Harvey Yesno said during opening remarks. “Education is a priority and one of the tools in the ladder to success. This school will be the key to the prosperity of this community,” he said.
Chief Wesley agreed. “This new school will improve the educational outcomes of our community’s students and represents hope for our young people, who will one day be our leaders,” he said.
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