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The Project2017-02-28T09:44:22+00:00

Vision for the Project

Biigtigong Nishnaabeg’s philosophy is: education first, economic development second. It is vastly important to the community to produce educated individuals, which in turn will lead to long term economic sustainability for the community. A facility to provide education from early childhood through to adulthood is the key to maintaining that philosophy. The vision for this project encompasses education, cultural learning, and community in order to prepare for a prosperous future. Each stands as a pillar to support growth and self-sustainability for economic development.

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Four Winds Group of Companies
Four Winds Group of Companies
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S. Burnett & Associates Limited
S. Burnett & Associates Limited
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BD Cardinal + Associates Inc.
BD Cardinal + Associates Inc.
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The Central Space

The central gathering space has been designed to include cultural spaces that will provide youth and adults alike a place to gather each for day for ceremony surrounded by 13 cedar columns which represent a wigwam hut. A teaching kitchen and café area are also provided complete with an exterior south-facing garden where community members can grow all natural First Nation medicines and food.

The main area features a double gym, performing arts stage, music room and conference area where banquets, ceremonies, graduations and large training events can be held. This area has direct access to the restaurant section of the building for catering events. This area can be secured separately from the elementary school section for privacy when hosting events for the community and other regional events. The seating capacity has been designed to accommodate over 200 people banquet style.

The East Wing

The east wing of the building will provide classrooms, administration offices, extended daycare offices, and will be connected to the existing daycare.

By connecting to the existing daycare the children will have full use of the gymnasium, workshop areas for cultural programming, and ceremonies in the common areas.

All classrooms face south in order to get as much natural sunlight into the classrooms, which offer direct views to the natural forest to promote land-based learning.

The West Wing

The West Wing of the facility is being designed to combine business activities and training initiatives while keeping with traditional values. Spaces have been set aside for on-going training in the facility coupled with businesses that can prosper and grow over time.

In addition to training for businesses the rooms can be rented out for cultural workshops for any First Nation in the region. This provides the First Nations with a proper space to craft and practice traditional methods such as canoe building, sewing, hide tanning, drum making, and wild game preparation and canning for example.

The combination of actual businesses in the same wing as the training rooms is a feature that will incubate entrepreneurs over time and become a one-of-a-kind regional economic development facility. This will set a good example for those youth and young adults who wish to become entrepreneurs of the future.

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