Naicatchewenin First Nation will construct a cultural and learning centre, thanks to a $2M grant from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation. The centre’s focus will be on education and training, cultural and traditional teachings, and child and family learning. It will provide on-site daycare and after-school programming and will have classrooms and learning rooms, an elders traditional gathering room, and outdoor areas for children’s play and community gatherings. Community members will be able to take part in training at the centre in order to improve their job readiness and employment skills while staying closer to home. “This building will bring many new opportunities for growth, family wellness and access to cultural spaces, which are key aspects of a prosperous community,” said Naicatchewenin Chief Wayne Smith.