The federal government has announced it will spend millions of dollars on the renewal of Wanuskewin Heritage Park.

The government unveiled the funding, totaling just over $2.5 million, at the park on Wednesday. It will come through the government’s Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, and go toward building new facilities and improving existing ones.

“You walk through the doors of this place and you can feel the love. This is clearly important for this community, and it's important for this country,” said Sean Casey, parliamentary secretary to the minister of Canadian heritage. “It fit clearly with the criteria of the program, and the government is happy to partner with all the people that are working so hard to make this happen.”

The project includes an educational facility, and a contemporary Indigenous art gallery. It also aims to bring interpretive and educational programming up to international standards.

Each year, 40,000 people visit Wanuskewin. Of those, about a third are school-aged children.