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The recreation money for Ontario's native reserves will be spent largely on renovating or expanding community centres and arenas, many of them in the Kenora riding of Conservative MP Greg Rickford, the big winner in the program. Some examples:

- Construction has already started on a new $2.7-million community centre in Neskantaga First Nation, a remote reserve 560 kilometres north of Thunder Bay that lost its old centre late last year in a fire.

The $425,000 in federal funds will be used to build offices, a gathering space and fitness area. "Everybody would come together at the community centre," Chief Roy Moonias said. "When we didn't have that, it was very hard." He said that a large portion of the funding for the other parts of the project came from federal government programs and the province.

- Pikangikum First Nation in the Kenora riding will use $500,000 in federal stimulus funds to help pay for a $1.5-million renovation of its 16-year-old hockey arena, expanding the lobby, renovating the washrooms and adding office space. "It's been a long time coming," deputy chief Lyle Keeper said.

- At the Sachigo Lake First Nation, 425 kilometres north of Sioux Lookout, roughly $370,000 will be used to add lights and seats to a bare-bones skating arena in the remote community of 580 people.

The building, said Councillor Jack Tait, "is just a shell. You stand around and watch. We use street water to make the ice."