Cowessess First Nation
Funds from FNT have made it possible for the Cowessess First Nation to expand their recreation programs. The old band hall was renovated. It now houses a two-lane bowling alley, an air hockey table, a fooze-ball table, and several new billiard tables carefully draped with plastic to keep off the dust. These are just a few of the items that Cowessess First Nation has placed in the building that they have just renovated and painted with some of the funds from the First Nations Trust. The set-up allows for more than one use at a time, so there are lots of choices including bingo.
There are also other recreation activities supported including junior golf, swimming, soccer, baseball, hockey, a pool league and sponsorship of athletes. There is a playground with bright red, yellow and blue equipment and baseball diamonds built with INAC funds, but field maintenance and lighting costs are expensive. It was decided that FNT funds would be used for such on-going expenses. The initiative was chosen because the community believes everyone can benefit from recreation -- from the Elders to the youth who come together in committee work, to the athletes and participants. These good relations between generations carry into other venues -- this too pleases the Elders. The Chief and Council hope to stretch the support from FNT distributions as far as possible, so members who are off-reserve as well as living at home can benefit.