New lease on life in Fort Simpson

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Construction of a two-storey, $9-million building in Fort Simpson will be led by the Liidlii Kue First Nation.

Resident’s voted in favour of combining the band office with the town office and Parks Canada. photo courtesy of Liidlii Ku First Nation

Residents of Fort Simpson voted 231 to 43 or 84 per cent in favour of entering into a 20-year lease once the building is complete, to combine the village office, Parks Canada and Liidlii Kue First Nation band office under one roof.

The village required 60 per cent voter approval and will now work to get ministerial approval. The bylaw to approve the lease is expected to go to its third reading at council Sept. 18 and is expected to be voted through.

The lease, which will cost the village approximately $177,000 per year for maintenance, utilities and rent would mean a commitment over that period of $3.5 million.