The Mississaugas of the 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 LSK expansion will add additional classrooms and washrooms to the school, renovate the entrance for increased security, and provide an opportunity for the holistic approach to lifelong learning by including local early childhood education centres under one roof.
Both the daycare (Ekwaamjigenang Children’s Centre) and the local Indigenous-led EarlyON program will be housed under the same roof as the kindergarten to grade eight students under the expansion.
The project will also help eliminate overcrowding concerns, promote a healthy and safe learning environment, and allow for further development of culturally-relevant curriculum for students.
“Providing our youth with a quality education in a safe environment to help them achieve success has always been our highest priority, said Chief Stacey Laforme. “This ceremony will mark the start of a very important moment for the future of education on our First Nation.”
Once the project is finished, said principal Dr. James Medway, “We are all immensely excited for the opportunity to serve the needs of more students in our learning environments modeled by the Seven Grandfather Teachings.”
The project is being funded by MCFN, Indigenous Services Canada, and Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP).
“Thank you to Chief R. Stacey Laforme and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation for your collaboration as your community breaks ground for the Lloyd S. King Elementary School expansion project,” said Indigenous Affairs Minister Patty Hajdu.
The funding will also allow the completion of the children’s centre construction, which will be moving into the school as part of the expansion.
“Having child and elementary school together under one roof will help meet the needs of the First Nation, as this will be a hub for families to access a variety of services such as speech therapists, nutritionists, behaviour consultants, and more,” said Chief Laforme.
Niacon Construction and VG Architects have been retained to work on the project.