MISTISSINI, QC, Nov. 25, 2016 /CNW/ - Quality learning environments are essential for supporting better educational and economic outcomes for Indigenous peoples. Investing in a new adult general education and vocational training centre in Mistissini will make a significant difference in the community and for the north of Quebec. Joël Lightbound, Member of Parliament for Louis-Hébert, on behalf of the the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, and Geoffrey Kelley, Minister responsible for Native Affairs for the Government of Québec, on behalf of Sébastien Proulx, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Minister of Families and Minister responsible for the Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine region, along with Jean Boucher, Member for Ungava for the Government of Québec, today announced an investment of over $32 million for the Cree School Board that will be used to build an adult general education and vocational training centre as well as 40 residential units for school board employees. Quotes "The development of basic public infrastructure is an important asset for Indigenous communities. The construction of an adult general education and vocational training centre in Mistissini, in a partnership between Canada, the Government of Québec and the Cree, is a prime example of the type of infrastructure that will help the Cree community of Mistissini support its education efforts. The funding allocated by Canada for this project is part of the implementation of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement and encourages investment and economic development on Indigenous lands." Joël LightboundMember of Parliament for Louis-Hébert "It is important to us that our Indigenous youth have access to education services that meet their needs and that will help them to develop their enormous potential. Through our announcement today of investments for the Cree School Board, we are increasing their chances of building a future that meets their aspirations, so that they can contribute most effectively to the development of their communities."