A new 40-bed Personal Care Home is planned for construction to begin in spring of 2017 and opening in 2018 to replace existing Peguis Senior Centre at a cost of 32.6 million dollars. INAC has been in discussion with Peguis leadership to commit to some of the costs with the remaining funds applied to the Peguis Surrender Trust.
An update meeting on the personnel care home project took place on January 18, 2017 at the Peguis Community Hall. The meeting was a successful one with updates to the community of about 100 people in attendance. There were a few concerns about Site location and it was explained that there were many consultations with Public Works, Lands, Elders, Staff and community on the location and implications of the six sites that were recommended and reviewed. Issues such as flood zones, water, sewer costs and the land use studies were reviewed as well geotechnical soil testing and topographical studies on flooding sites. The site chosen was based on of these factors and the Elders and community input.
Presenters included Project Manager, Phil Cesario of P.M. Associate; Jerald Peters, Ft3 Architects who presented on the completed model design; Wayne Fehr of Bird Construction discussed the process of local labor, trades and the tendering process. Pam Favel of Peguis First Nation Training & Employment presented on engaging the community in training and local labor. There will be a local person hired to work along with Pam on setting up the database and implementing the training of local labor and staff for construction and operations of the new PCH. There will be two local people hired as well as Construction Managers to work along with Bird Construction. This will be posted in the community. Trades and local employment include bricklaying will be a major focus of the project. The project will provide a valuable service for our Elders and local employment now and well into the future.
Leadership will continue to negotiate with the Peguis Surrender Trust community Fund Trustees to approve the Peguis Personal Care Home project so it can go to a community vote for approval for funding. Regular updates will be provided to the community.
Peguis First Nation would like to thank everyone that came out to the community meeting and providing their input to this important community project.