The Mississaugas of Credit First Nation held a groundbreaking ceremony last Thursday to mark the start of construction on a long-awaited expansion of Lloyd S. King Elementary School.
The expansion of LSK will add additional classrooms and toilets to the school, renovate the entrance for increased security and provide an opportunity for the holistic approach to lifelong learning by including the centers early childhood education premises under one roof.
The daycare center (Ekwaamjigenang Children’s Centre) and the local Indigenous-led EarlyON program will be housed under the same roof as K-8 students as part of the expansion.
The project will also help eliminate issues of overcrowding, promote a healthy and safe learning environment, and enable the development of a culturally appropriate curriculum for students.
“Providing our young people with a quality education in a safe environment to help them succeed has always been our top priority,” said Chief Stacey Laforme. “This ceremony will mark the beginning of a very important moment for the future of education on our First Nation.
Upon completion of the project, said Director Dr. James Medway, “We are all extremely excited to be able to meet the needs of more students in our teaching-modeled learning environments. of the seven grandfathers. »
The project is funded by MCFN, Indigenous Services Canada and the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP).
“Thank you to Chief R. Stacey Laforme and the Mississaugas of Credit First Nation for your collaboration as your community breaks ground on the Lloyd S. King Elementary School expansion project,” said Aboriginal Affairs Minister Patty. Hajdu.
The funding will also help complete construction of the children’s center, which will move into the school as part of the expansion.
“Having an elementary school and a children’s school under one roof will help meet the needs of the First Nation, as it will be a hub for families to access a variety of services such as speech therapists, nutritionists, behavior counselors, etc. said Chef Laforme.
Niacon Construction and VG Architects were retained to work on the project.