Happy Campers: Girl Guides camp gets an upgrade in Northwest Territories

News Release

Canada 150 funding boosts campers experience at Girl Guides camp near Yellowknife

August 22, 2016 – Yellowknife, NT – Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)

Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CanNor announced $125,000 in funding through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) to the Yellowknife District of Girl Guides of Canada (Girl Guides). This investment will assist with the renovations to the Girl Guides' main cabin at Camp Dechinta, located approximately 35km east of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

The renovations will winterize the cabin and upgrade the heating and lighting to allow for year-round use. A minor expansion will also create more space for activities and better separate the sleeping, activity, and cooking areas. With a short summer season in the territory, the renovations will enable young members to participate in fun and confidence-building activities throughout the year.

Quotes

"We're now counting down to Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation and the renovations to Camp Dechinta show the importance of giving back to our communities. Projects such as these improve the places where we gather as Canadians and create spaces where youth can acquire diverse skills to prepare themselves for their future."

Navdeep Bains,
Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

"I'm very pleased that Canada's 150 funding will be upgrading Camp Dechinta for Yellowknife's Girl Guides and other youth in the community. Camping remains a key part of the northern experience and having a facility available throughout the year is a great opportunity to discover the natural beauty of the outdoors."

Michael McLeod,
Member of Parliament, Northwest Territories

"I remember celebrating Canada’s 125th anniversary at Camp Dechinta when I was a Girl Guide. The facility was old then, so receiving this funding as a part of Canada’s 150th anniversary is an amazing opportunity. To be able to camp all year-round is the icing on the cake for youth in our community and territory!"

Jennie Rausch,
Camp Dechinta Committee Co-chair

Quick facts

  • In addition to CanNor's funding, over the next two years, the Yellowknife District of Girl Guides of Canada and local organizations are investing $50,000 to its cabin upgrades at Camp Dechinta.
  • As outlined in Budget 2016, an additional $150 million will be provided over two years for CIP 150, bringing the total funding available to $300 million across the country. The program supports projects to renovate, expand and improve spaces such as community centres, parks and arenas across Canada as part of the Government of Canada's celebration of our country's 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. CIP 150 continues to be delivered by CanNor in the North.

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Contacts

For further information, please contact:

Office of the Honourable Navdeep Singh Bains
343-291-2500

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
Rebecca McDonald
Communications Advisor, Northwest Territories Region
867-669-2592

Yellowknife District of Girl Guides of Canada
Jennie Rausch
Camp Dechinta Committee Co-chair
867-444-9753

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