Four Directions Development Corporation (FDDC) was honored to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony for the Micmac Community Health & Wellness Center in Presque Isle on Monday morning, October 19th.
Under bright blue skies, FDDC staff joined members of the Aroostook Band of Micmacs and representatives from the federal government who gathered to celebrate the project and the impact it will have on the Micmac community. Upon completion, the Center will host the Little Feathers Head Start early childhood education program and offer ongoing programming for elders in the community. The Center will also host health and nutrition classes, arts and culture workshops, communal spaces and two kitchen areas for tribal members of all ages to use as community building platforms.
This project seeks to address the most pressing and highest priority needs of the Micmac Tribal community, including the construction of building code-compliant and safe facilities to house youth and elder programs and the construction of a facility for fitness and nutrition activities to address public health challenges facing the community. In combining these two priorities through the construction of the Center, the Micmac community will strengthen interactions between tribal youth and elders and safeguard the sharing of knowledge and traditions between generations.
FDDC is proud to provide construction capital for the building, in partnership with Bangor Savings Bank. As noted by John Moore, FDDC Board Member and Bangor Savings Bank’s SVP, Community Development Lending & CRA Officer, this investment allows ‘… Native People in Maine to develop projects like this with a greater reliance on their own financial resources and expertise and in ways that contribute to the confidence, self- determination, and capacity to help bring about a more prosperous and secure future…’ FDDC is glad to play a role in this project, which we see as critical for maintaining and promoting the cultural viability of the Aroostook Band of Micmac’s Tribal community.