Biigtigong Nishnaabeg New K4-8 School

The Project involves the construction of a new K4-8 school approximately 2,780

square metres (m2) in area, on a single level, located on the south side of Access Road in the community.

The site is located on 4.4 hectares (ha) where land has been partially cleared for an athletic field,

baseball diamond and a preloading geotechnical location for a former school design. The community

was presented with three design options and Option A was chosen as the preferred design. Option A

includes the new school, play areas for K4 and Grades 1-8, an outdoor education area, ball diamond and

sports field. The new school will contain seven classrooms for Grades 1-8, one large kindergarten

classroom, a gymnasium with stage and a kitchen and cafeteria located adjacent. Additional rooms will

include a native language and culture/land based education classroom, staff offices, washrooms,

changerooms, special education areas and a library for both school and public use. The building will be

designed so that the gym, kitchen and library areas will remain accessible to the community after school

hours while the classroom wings can be locked. Washrooms in the new school will be single stall stand

alone washrooms that are separated by gender with a common sink room for a total of seven

washrooms. Kindergarten classroom will have two stand alone cubicle washrooms. The base of the

building will consist of concrete slab on grade with radiant floor heating. The school is to be designed to

take into account prevailing winds from the southwest and to incorporate appropriate drainage and sun

path to make for more hospitable play areas. The septic field will be located on the southwest side of

the site to allow for natural trails to continue into the natural treed area from the outdoor education



Latest update

July 19, 2021 - Indigenous Services Canada issued its notice of determination ( and determined that the project is not likely to cause adverse environmental effects.



Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
2 Biigtigong Nishnaabeg New K4-8 School PDF (459 KB) July 19, 2021
1 Biigtigong Nishnaabeg New K4-8 School PDF (428 KB) June 16, 2021


Indigenous Services Canada
Aaron Pervais, Environmental Officer
100 Anemki Place, Suite 101
Fort William First Nation, Ontario P7J 1A5
Telephone: 807-624-5921
Fax: 807-623-3536

  • Location

    • Biigtigong Nishnaabeg First Nation (Ontario)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Building and Property Development
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Biigtigong Nishnaabeg First Nation
  • Authorities

    • Indigenous Services Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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