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Eskasoni receives funding for long term care home, high-speed internet

The home will be named Kiknu, which means 'our home' in Mi'kmaq, and will be owned by Eskasoni
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On Tuesday, the government announced two shared-cost infrastructure projects that will support families and economic growth in the Mi'kmaq community.

"Having modern infrastructure in place to support residents is an important part of helping communities to thrive," said Premier Stephen McNeil. "Building a new long-term care home and improving internet service will significantly improve access to services that are critical to the people of Eskasoni for their families and building their economy."

A 48-bed long term care home was announced, which will begin construction in 2020.

A release from Communications NS reveals that the province contributing up to $6.6 million for the construction of the home, and the federal government is fronting $19.7 million.

The home is the first of its kind and will be designed in a way that provides space for traditional activities with community and family, worship, and service in Mi'kmaq and English. 

The home will be named Kiknu, which means 'our home' in Mi'kmaq, and will be owned by Eskasoni.

"Our new facility will allow us Mi'kmaq to carry on the tradition of caring for our own within our community. It has been our vision to be able to provide care that makes the residents feel comfortable and eliminates barriers such as language," said Chief Leroy Denny. "This will also be a huge economic driver in our community as it will create much needed new jobs and that is something my council is always striving for."

The fibre optic internet cable is expected to upgrade internet for 1,200 homes, and the release says Indigenous Nova Scotians will be hired for the work.

This project will see jut over $800,000 from the province and $2.5 million from the feds.

"Having a community where the majority of the population are engaged with technology of the day but have limited access has always been a disadvantage until now," said Denny. "Acquiring our own network with access to high speed and a variety of services at affordable prices will bring our community into present day as far as availability."




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