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Funds from federal, Quebec governments intended for facility repairs

Kangiqsualujjuaq, pictured here, is one of five Nunavik communities that will receive a combined $29 million from the federal and provincial governments to upgrade local sports and recreation facilities. (Photo by Jeff Pelletier)

By Nunatsiaq News

Five sports and entertainment building projects in Nunavik will receive a combined $29 million from the governments of Quebec and Canada.

Federal Indigenous Services Minister Patty Hajdu announced June 17 that projects in Umiujaq, Kangirsuk, Kangiqsualujjuaq, Quaqtaq and Kuujjuarapik will receive the funding to upgrade local recreation centres and sports arenas.

Hajdu said the federal government will certainly contribute approximately $14. 6 million through the community, culture and recreation infrastructure stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.

The provincial government will contribute the same amount through the financial assistance program for recreational plus sports infrastructure, known as PAFIRS.

The breakdown of funding for each community is:

  • Umiujaq: $4. 2 million for community centre renovation;
  • Kangirsuk: $6. 1 million for community centre expansion;
  • Kangiqsualujjuaq: $6. 9 mil arena renovation;
  • Quaqtaq: $7. 2 million for arena renovation;
  • Kuujjuarapik: $4. six million for construction of a service building and a new roof for the outdoor ice rink.

“During my tour associated with Nunavik’s northern villages, I quickly understood the importance of sport infrastructure for these communities, ” said Quebec’s Indigenous Affairs Minister Ian Lafrenière, in a release. Lafrenière traveled to six communities in Nunavik in May .

“I feel more than convinced that modernizing these facilities will be appreciated from the youngest to the oldest members in these communities. ”

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