Concerns raised over NWT’s removal of Chief Jimmy Bruneau School renovation plans from budget

Tłı̨chǫ Grand Chief Jackson Lafferty has raised concerns about the Government of the Northwest Territories’ decision to remove the Chief Jimmy Bruneau School renovation plans from the territory’s budget. The renovation, which was reportedly in the budget for years, included updates to classrooms, upgrades to mechanical and electrical systems, the demolition of a residence wing, and the demolition and replacement of a bus garage. “There was no word, no discussion, no indication that it was going to be removed,” said Lafferty. “To me, it is unacceptable and disrespectful as part of being in partnership with them.” The project was moved back to the planning phase. CBC reports that the move is intended to prioritized the future construction of a new school rather than renovations on the old one.