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Feds announce $7.2 million investment in Iqaluit community centre

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Feds announce $7.2 million investment in Iqaluit community centre

IQALUIT, NUNAVUT — A new community wellness centre is coming to Iqaluit after the federal government announced a $7.2 million investment in the project.

Infrastructure Canada is contributing $5 million and CanNor is contributing more than $2 million, a news release states.

Once finished, the Inuusirvik Community Wellness Centre will offer early language and cultural programs, childrearing and parenting support and literacy programs among other initiatives.

The centre will be home to three non-profits: the Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre, Ilisaqsivik Society, and Tasiuqtigiit Hand-in-Hand Society.

The building will include steel piles to minimize vulnerability to permafrost thaw and materials that can withstand unpredictable winds.

“Our goal is to provide a home for community-serving organizations delivering programs and services for families in Iqaluit. This funding from Infrastructure Canada is a significant investment in realizing our collective vision,” said Gwen Healey Akearok, executive and scientific director of Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre, in the release.

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