North Spirit Lake gets new teacherages as a step towards their new school

North Spirit Lake First Nation received some more good news concerning further progress on the North Spirit Lake new school project.
A meeting in North Spirit Lake, this past Wednesday with Chief & Council and K.O. Public Works, has initated the work on tenders for delivery and construction of 3 new teacherage buildings in the community. Bruce Piercy, KO Engineer (, has more background info concerning this project.


NOTICE OF COMMENCEMENT of an environmental assessment 

North Spirit Lake First Nation New School Construction Project
North Spirit Lake Indian Reserve (ON)

August 10, 2005 -- Indian and Northern Affairs Canada will conduct a screening commencing on August 10, 2005 of the project: North Spirit Lake First Nation New School Construction Project.

The proposed project will be developed on-reserve in the central area of the community and involves development of a 4.75 ha. area which is currently undeveloped, forested land in close proximity to the Flanagan River and North Spirit Lake. The school building will house Grades K4-10 and will have a floor space of 1,545 m2 encompassing 4 standard classrooms, 1 kindergarten, and rooms for administration, library/resource centre, auditorium/gymnasium, computer, staff room, educational storage, councillor and quiet room. On-site fuel storage will be limited to a 2-week supply complying with current TSSA standards. In addition to the school construction, the project scope includes development of a new bus turn around to serve the school, extension of the munipical water system to the school site, connection to the community sewer line, construction of an unheated warehouse with a footprint of 100 m2, and construction of fenced playfield including soccer fiels and baseball diamond, play structures, hard surface play area, hockey rink with lighting, bus loop, and parking area. The project will confirm to a number of standards including the National Building Code and the Canada Labour Code. Disposition of the existing school and remediation of any contaminated soils associated with this site are being addressed under a separate project.

Under section 5 of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, an EA is required for this project because Indian and Northern Affairs Canada may provide financial assistance to the proponent for the purpose of enabling the project.

For further information on this environmental assessment, please contact:
Dan Baxter
Capital Management Officer
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
Suite 101, 100 Anemki Drive
Thunder Bay  ON  P7J 1A5
Telephone: (807) 624-1569
Fax: (807) 623-3616
Email address:

and refer to CEAR reference number  05-01-13610