A fire destroyed much of Mary Duncan School in the northern Manitoba community in September. Since then, students and staff have been displaced while temporary portable classrooms are moved in. Earlier this week, the province committed to rebuilding the school.
“The fire at the school was devastating for the whole community but of course it’s the students that are hardest hit,” said Premier Greg Selinger. “So many people have pulled together to get the school back on its feet so quickly. It is great to be able to help these kids attend such an inspiring event and have the chance to meet so many of their fellow students from all across the province.”
Selinger on Friday — while visiting the community — announced $10,000 to cover the costs of the travel and accommodation for the children and their chaperones while they attend We Day this month at MTS Centre on October 29.
The one-day event is an opportunity for youth from all over Manitoba and around the globe to come together with the goal of empowering kids to be the change they want to see in the world.
While also in The Pas, Selinger announced new partnerships with the Kelsey School Division and University College of the North (UCN), and Opaskwayak Cree Nation (OCN) to expand opportunities for students to train on state-of-the-art equipment with access to trades training to prepare them for the job market.