New Brunswick has agreed with a northwestern First Nation to provide financial support for housing and road repair.
Officials said Friday the development agreement with Neqotkuk, which promises more than $22 million in provincial funding over the next five years, is the first of its kind. They also committed to discussions related to an elders program, employment, youth, and Wolastoqey language education.
“We want a New Brunswick where all First Nations communities prosper,” said Aboriginal Affairs Minister Arlene Dunn.
“That means creating new economic development partnerships that provide long-term financial sustainability for First Nations.”
Dunn said the agreement acts as a new economic partnership demonstrating the province’s commitment to supporting the priorities identified by First Nations.
The province says Neqotkuk, also known as Tobique First Nation, will contribute $8.2 million over five years for a total investment of $30.2 million.
Neqotkuk Chief Ross Perley said his community is facing ongoing challenges with homelessness, overcrowding and poor road conditions and believes the partnership is a step in the right direction.
“We look forward to continuing to work together on our other priorities.”