MILLBROOK FIRST NATION, N.S. — The federal government and Millbrook First Nation of Nova Scotia have announced $8.1 million in joint funding to support the construction of a new Resilience Centre in Millbrook First Nation, N.S.
The Resilience Centre will target the healing and resilience of Indigenous women, girls, 2SLGBTQQIA individuals and their families, members of the Mi’kmaw nation. The facility will have spaces for art therapy, group sessions, maker spaces, a wellness centre and culturally significant ceremonies and practices.
The federal government is allocating $6.5 million for the project through the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program, and $232,000 is being provided through Indigenous Services Canada. The Government of Nova Scotia is contributing $1.4 million and Millbrook First Nation is donating the land.
“This is an historic moment for the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association and huge step forward,” stated Bernadette Marshall, president of the NSNWA, in a statement.
“The NSNWA has come such a long way over the years, even from five to six years ago, so this Resilience Centre, which will be located in the hub of Nova Scotia, is an amazing achievement for our association.”