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Sagamok Anishnawbek learning centre getting an energy efficiency and accessibility upgrade

June 4, 2024  By  Anthony Capkun

June 4, 2024 – Since its establishment in 1985, the Biidaaban Kinoomaagegamik education facility (Sagamok, Ont.) has been teaching students from kindergarten through Grade 8 on Sagamok Anishnawbek, sharing Anishinaabe learning, language, and culture.

Nearly 40 years later, the facility is being upgraded to help make it energy efficient and accessible.

“The Sagamok Anishnawbek are very pleased to be participating in this Lifelong Learning Centre Solar Array, Energy Efficiency and Inclusivity Renovation Project,” said Chief Angus Toulouse, Sagamok Anishnawbek. “This $2,200,000 project is in line and consistent with our traditional values, customs and beliefs, which places a high value on environmental and energy conservation.”

Improvements to the school include window replacement and upgraded ventilation, and the addition of a solar array. Accessibility improvements include ramps, railings, and automated doors at various entrances, along with sensor-activated faucets in restrooms.


The federal government is contributing $2,176,408 to the project through the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings (GICB) program. The upgrades are expected to reduce the facility’s energy consumption by an estimated 92.9% and GHG emissions by 5.8 tonnes annually.

“We are encouraged that this project will assist in the reduction of GHG emissions and addressing the need to offset the effects of climate change,” Toulouse added.

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