AGS Breaks Ground on New Expansion

The Alaqsite’w Gitpu School broke ground on the new expansion this morning Tuesday, May 26th, 2020. The Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government is incredibly proud and grateful for all those involved in bringing this project to life.

The new expansion will include a cafetorium, music room, a room for ceremony, and an expanded gymnasium. It will cost approximately $8.5M and is currently fully funded by Indigenous Services Canada. Minister Marc Miller joined us via his Facebook live stream to help announce this exciting contribution. The site preparation has begun, and construction is expected to be complete by summer 2021.

Local businesswoman Victoria LaBillois was the MC for the event which was attended by teachers and those involved in the project. The event was purposefully kept small to allow for social distancing. Community members were able to join the celebration via Facebook Live.

Chief Darcy Gray spoke about how the groundbreaking was the culmination of many years of hard work and collaboration.

Mi’gmaw immersion teacher, Maddie Metallic, spoke on her experiences as a student at AGS and her transition to becoming a teacher. She is thrilled to see how Mi’gmaq identity among students has flourished over the years which the Alaqsite’w Gitpu School has helped foster.

Elder Joe Wilmot conducted the first part of his remarks in the Mi’gmaw, and spoke about the importance of revitalizing the language.

AGS Principal Jeff Grass recounted his experience moving into the current school building 25 years ago, and spoke optimistically about the changes that will accompany the expansion. He commented that the expansion does not reflect reconciliation in education, but rather equity in education because this project simply brings to AGS the resources that other schools have always had.

Director of Listuguj Education, Training, and Employment Lorna Sook shared the Directorate’s vision for a Mi’gmaq immersion school, a high school, and post-secondary institutions.

The event concluded with Director of Capital and Infrastructure, Jody Mitchell turning over the sod to signify the next step in the project.

 

School Closure Reminder

This is a reminder to parents and students that the Alaqsite’w Gitpu School facilities will be closed for the remainder of the school year (2019/20). Home learning will continue as scheduled. If you have questions or concerns, please email AGS Principal Jeff Grass at jeff.grass@listuguj.ca.

On Monday, April 27, 2020, Quebec Premier François Legault announced that students will be returning to classes beginning May 11 in regions less impacted by COVID-19, outside of Montreal. The Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government (LMG) has decided that it is in the best interest of students and staff to remain closed for the following reasons:

  • Health and safety of community members
  • Inter-provincial travel restrictions 
  • Ongoing success of home learning

The health and safety of our community remains a top priority for the LMG. We are asking for community members, residents, and LMG employees to continue practicing social distancing and to limit outings when possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As always, the LMG will provide continuous updates as the pandemic unfolds. Please refer to the LMG website and social media pages for up-to-date information on Listuguj’s Response to COVID-19.

Community Kitchen Announcement

We are please to announce that the Breakfast Club of Canada and LMG Education have contributed food for families of Listuguj students who may be struggling during this time (Nursery to grade 12).

The Community Kitchen and education staff will prepare grocery bags, and begin delivery at 1:30 p.m. today.

 

 

 

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Nursery 2020-2021 Registration

Nursery registration is still ongoing. If you need to register your child, please send a message to the AGS Facebook page or by email at letecommunications@listuguj.ca. We will then send you a copy of the registration form to fill out from home.

Notice to Listuguj Post Secondary Students

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced on April 22, 2020, comprehensive support of nearly $9 billion for post-secondary students and recent graduates. This plan will help provide the financial support they need this summer, help them continue their studies in the fall, and help many get the experience they need to start their careers. These measures include launching:

  • the proposed Canada Emergency Student Benefit, which would provide support to students and new graduates who are not eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. This benefit would provide $1,250 per month for eligible students or $1,750 per month for eligible students with dependents or disabilities. The benefit would be available from May to August 2020.
  • the new Canada Student Service Grant, which will help students gain valuable work experience and skills while they help their communities during the COVID‑19 pandemic. For students who choose to do national service and serve their communities, the new Canada Student Service Grant will provide up to $5,000 for their education in the fall.
  • The Government of Canada has earmarked $263 million in funding for the Canada Summer Jobs program in 2020. This funding will help create up to 70,000 jobs for youth between 15 and 30 years of age, and we will be working with employers to explore work options that reflect the latest public health advice.
  • Job placements could begin as early as May 11, 2020, and end as late as February 28, 2021.

 

As the LETE learns more information on these commitments, it will be shared on their social media site.

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Alaqsite’w Gitpu School Closed

This is a notice to all parents and students that the Alaqsite’w Gitpu School will be closed for the remainder of the school year. Home learning will continue as scheduled. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Jeff Grass at jeff.grass@listuguj.ca.

Update from the Education Directorate

Please note that a decision was made today to keep the Alaqsite’w Gitpu School closed until May 1st. Training opportunities within Listuguj will also be delayed until May 1st. Parents, staff and community members cannot access the school building or education complex, and deep cleaning will be done. If parents need to retrieve items from student lockers, they are asked to email jeff.grass@listuguj.ca so arrangements can be made. Also, preparations are being made to establish an online learning platform for students to learn from home, and communicate with their teachers. More information to come.

Update from the Listuguj Education Directorate

A special note to all Listuguj students. We care about your well-being. In light of recent events, you may be experiencing anxiety or stress, you may need emotional support, you may just need someone to talk to, or you may just be missing one of your favorite people to chat with. The Education & Training staff is here for you.

This support will be provided through phone, text, and/or email.

Please contact the Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government at 418-788-2136, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Monday to Friday and they will direct you to your regular support staff.

Call for Tender Extended – Alaqsite’w Gitpu Gina’masutioguom School Extension and Refurbishment

The Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government has released a call for tender for the Alaqsite’w Gitpu Gina’masutioguom School Extension and Refurbishment project.  The work includes the expansion of the existing gymnasium, the addition of a stage and cafeteria, as well as the addition of new classrooms and a cultural space.

The deadline for submissions has been extended to March 11, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. Atlantic time.  See link below for more details and all tender documents.

https://www.seao.ca/OpportunityPublication/avisconsultes.aspx?Itemid=c80a8c08-39d0-43fa-8f9a-fe2fbb1fb17a