New long-term care home, upgraded internet in Eskasoni

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A new 48-bed long-term care home has been announced for Eskasoni.

The federal and provincial governments are cost-sharing the project, which also includes the installation of fibre optic cable for high-speed internet.

The facility will support Mi'kmaw culture, language, and traditions, and is the first of its kind for Mi'kmaw people.

The province says it will provide space for traditional activities with community and family, worship, and service in Mi'kmaq and English.

Nova Scotia is contributing up to $6.6 million for the construction of the home with $19.7 million is coming from the Government of Canada.

The home, to be called Kiknu, which means our home in Mi'kmaq, will be owned by Eskasoni and construction is expected to start next year.

The internet upgrades will bring faster speeds for 1,200 homes with a total investment between the two levels of government at over $3.3 million.