Ontario Promotes Prosperity and Well-Being Among Urban Aboriginal Peoples

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Ontario Promotes Prosperity and Well-Being Among Urban Aboriginal Peoples

Ministry of Indigenous Affairs

Renovation Initiative To Support 23 Ontario Friendship Centres SAULT STE. MARIE, ON, April 28 - The Ontario government is promoting prosperity among urban Aboriginal peoples by investing in renovations to 23 Indian Friendship Centres throughout the province, David Ramsay, Minister Responsible for Aboriginal Affairs, announced today. "Friendship Centres are very important as they are often the first point of contact for Aboriginal people arriving in urban centres," said Ramsay. "This investment will help the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres enhance their programs and services to better serve growing urban Aboriginal communities," he added. The Ontario government is providing a $1 million capital grant under the Aboriginal Community Capital Grants Program (ACCGP), to be administered by the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres (OFIFC) to support the renovations. Census data shows the number of Aboriginal peoples living in most urban centres has doubled between 1981 and 2001, and in many cases tripled. "The Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres is pleased to receive this capital grant toward renovation of a number of our Centres. This will permit the Centres to better respond to the needs of Aboriginal people in urban centres," said David Martin, President of the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres. "OFIFC is dedicated to changing the life experiences of urban Aboriginal people, particularly children by addressing what could become a permanent urban underclass of young, impoverished, under-educated Aboriginal people." The ACCGP provides funding for projects involving the construction, acquisition, renovation and expansion of community, friendship and small business centres. Feasibility studies leading to the development of each project are also eligible. Further information on the ACCGP may be obtained by contacting the Ontario Secretariat for Aboriginal Affairs. Through the New Approach to Aboriginal Affairs, Ontario is working to find ways for Aboriginal peoples to have greater involvement in matters that impact on their communities. Ontario announced its New Approach in June 2005 to support its vision of prosperous and healthy Aboriginal communities that create a better future for Aboriginal children and youth. Disponible en français www.aboriginalaffairs.osaa.gov.on.ca Backgrounder ------------------------------------------------------------------------- FUNDING FOR THE ONTARIO FEDERATION OF INDIAN FRIENDSHIP CENTRES, SPRING 2006 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Friendship Centre Funding Amount ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Atikokan Friendship Centre 60,000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Barrie Friendship Centre 75,000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dryden Friendship Centre 33,000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Fort Erie Friendship Centre 15,000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre (Midland) 18,500 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hamilton Regional Indian Centre 66,000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Indian Friendship Centre (Sault Ste. Marie) 40,000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ininew Friendship Centre (Cochrane) 75,000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kapuskasing Friendship Centre 15,000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Katarokwi Native Friendship Centre (Kingston) 5,000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Moosonee Native Friendship Centre 28,000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- M'Wikwedong Native Cultural Resource Centre (Owen Sound) 20,000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- N'Amerind Friendship Centre (London) 75,000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ne'Chee Friendship Centre (Kenora) 30,000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Nishnawbe-Gamik Friendship Centre (Sioux Lookout) 60,000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- North Bay Indian Friendship Centre 19,000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- N'Swakamok Friendship Centre (Sudbury) 30,000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Odawa Native Friendship Centre (Ottawa) 72,000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Parry Sound Friendship Centre 42,700 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thunder Bay Indian Youth Friendship Centre 75,000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thunderbird Friendship Centre (Geraldton) 45,000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Timmins Native Friendship Centre 11,100 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- United Native Friendship Centre (Fort Frances) 75,000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- OFIFC (administrative funding) 14,700 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Total Funding $ 1,000,000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Disponible en français www.aboriginalaffairs.osaa.gov.on.ca Contact Info For further information: Anne-Marie Flanagan, Minister's Office, (416) 327-0654; Rosemary Sampson, Communications Branch, (416) 326-4780 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Anne-Marie Flanagan, Minister's Office, (416) 327-0654; Rosemary Sampson, Communications Branch, (416) 326-4780