Construction begins on Grandmother’s Bay Youth Center

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Grandmother’s Bay County. Gerald McKenzie says building a youth center is a priority for the community. (Submitted Photo/Gerald McKenzie)

By Derek Cornet

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May 17, 2022 | 5:00 p.m.

Some of the younger members of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band (LLRIB) will benefit from a youth center that will open in Grandmother’s Bay this fall.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held in the community on Monday at the future location of the visitor center near Nihithow Awasis School. The event was attended by the council. Gerald McKenzie, who explained that the idea for the facility was identified as a priority in past overall planning.

“We’ve needed it for 30 years,” he said. “We finally developed a project with the family and children’s services of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band. They are fully funding it, so now is the time to do it and give our kids a place where they can come and have fun, have fun and learn at the same time.

The project has a budget of $300,000 and will include a one-storey building of approximately 900 square feet. McKenzie noted that the design will involve the construction of a kitchen, a computer and TV area, and an office. Outside, there will be a gazebo and picnic tables.

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