GNN School Gets $2 Million Makeover

The GNN have received approval for a critical renovation.

The Gwa’sala- ’Nakwaxda’xw Nations (GNNs) have received approval from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) to undertake critical renovations to the Gwa’sala- ’Nakwaxda’xw School.

The work on the school includes replacement of the roof, envelope improvements to windows and siding, and upgrades to both the mechanical and electrical systems. This investment will arrest any further deterioration, extend the service life of the building and improve energy performance.

The school is an important asset in the community and this work will ensure a healthy and safe environment for education of the next generations. Principal Reed Allen states, “The Gwa’sala- ’Nakwaxda’xw School staff are excited to hear that the funding for these projects has been approved.

“Our building has been very well taken care of, which is a testament to the hard work of our maintenance and custodial staff over the years. However, recently, the school is not unaffected by the results of time and has started to show its age.

“These essential renovations will allow the school staff to provide our students with an education in a safe, comfortable and wel- coming environment conducive to high lev- els of learning. We couldn’t be happier for our students and the entire community!”

The Gwa’sala- ’Nakwaxda’xw Elementary School has a large and growing enrolment. The school has been very well maintained. This main- tenance has enabled the school to continue performing well even as elements near, or in some cases pass, the end of the usually

expected service life. Chief Paddy Walkus said, “We have a dedi- cated staff at our school and band adminis- tration. We are very proud of the learning achievements our chil- dren have obtained over the past 25 years in this well-maintained facility. “Protecting our community assets is at front and centre with our council members and leadership in Tsulquate community.”

The work will com- mence in June, 2015 and be completed by October, 2015.