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Nak’azdli Band at Fort St. James celebrated completion of Elementary School

Article Origin

Author

Compiled by Debora Steel

Volume

32

Issue

4

Year

2014

The Nak’azdli Band at Fort St. James celebrated the completion of the Nak’al Bun (K-7) Elementary School June 13. About 150 students from kindergarten to Grade 7 will have access to a school that features a dedicated cultural room, an industrial kitchen and educational garden filled with traditional medicinal plants. Investments also modernize the facility through sustainable technology, such as geothermal heating and a natural air exchange to ventilate the school. The Nak’azdli Band has 720 on-reserve members. “First Nations students deserve access to quality education and today’s announcement is a clear demonstration of what can be achieved by working together,” said Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt. “The future of our Nation lies with the education of our children,” said Chief Fred Sam.