By Mervin Brass

Brad Wall

Premier Brad Wall announced the government will pay for most of the operating costs for the child care spaces for the early learning centre. Photo credit: Treaty 4 News.

Preschoolers on the Whitecap Dakota First Nation soon will have a new building next to the community’s elementary school.

Premier Brad Wall announced the government will contribute $500,000 towards the construction of a 56-space early learning centre on Whitecap.

Wall adds the province will pay the operating costs for 45 of 56 childcare spaces.

The federal government will provide $1 million, BMO Financial $250,000 and the Whitecap Dakota First Nation $260,000 towards the project.

Chief Darcy Bear describes the $2-million project as an example of breaking down the wall of segregation.

“When we talk about ending the days of segregation, because a lot of the models built in the past were built on the Indian Act, on the model that it will only be First Nation users, right, but in this case it’s not just First Nation users,” says Bear. “I mean, if there is an employee that is Metis or an employee that is non First Nation and there is a seat available, well certainly that child will get to take that seat.”

The Whitecap Dakota First Nation is a 20-minute drive south of Saskatoon and home to one of the largest casinos in Saskatchewan that employs more than 400 people.

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