With a scoop of golden shovels, Keewaytinook Okimakanak represented by Executive Director Geordi Kakepetum and its partners officially started construction on the much awaited Dryden Training and Cultural Centre on April 22, 2003.
The ceremony, hosted by the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, saw Mr. Kakepetum, the Right Honorable Robert Nault - Indian and Northern Affairs Minister, Mr. Sid Wintle - Mayor for the City of Dryden and representatives from the School Board, Dryden Entertainment Series and Confederation College officially start the construction of the $7 million project.
Scheduled for completion in the fall of 2004, the multi-use structure will house the Water Treatment Plant Operator Training Centre, a permanent home for the Dryden Campus of Confederation College and a 500 seat community auditorium. Interim arrangements have been made for the Water Treatment Plant Operator training at the Lillian Berg School in Vermillion Bay until construction is complete. The practical aspects of the training will be conducted at the Water Treatment facilities in Red Lake.