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Winnipeg’s Neeginan Centre Gets Infrastructure Upgrades

Winnipeg’s Neeginan Centre Gets Infrastructure Upgrades
Winnipeg’s Neeginan Centre Gets Infrastructure Upgrades

WINNIPEG – Winnipeg’s Neeginan Centre is getting infrastructure upgrades following an investment of more than $21.1 million from the federal government.

The Neeginan Centre, a hub in downtown Winnipeg that provides programs and services to support the educational, social and economic needs of Indigenous people, was founded in 1990 and is located in the historic Canadian Pacific Railway Station at the intersection of Higgins and Main, according to a news release.

“Thirty-two years ago, a group of leaders from Indigenous non-profit organizations and their stakeholders took an extraordinary risk to restore and renovate Winnipeg’s historic Canadian Pacific Railway Station into a one-stop center where the organizations could serve their Indigenous clients in a much more efficient and coordinated way — and from a ‘place of their own,’” said William Shead, chair of the Neeginan Centre board of directors.

“From its inception, this building has benefited from the collaborative efforts, cooperation and friendship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples that continue to make the center a better place to serve our communities.”

The works include improvements to the building shell, lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.

The federal government is investing $21.16 million in the project through its Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program, the release said. The improvements are expected to reduce energy consumption by 29.05 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by 225.18 tons per year.