Investing in Anishinaabeg of Naongashiing and Bearskin Lake First Nations
Ontario Government Supporting Community Development, Capital Projects
Ontario is supporting two local projects that will create jobs and promote economic development opportunities in First Nation communities.
With support from the Aboriginal Community Capital Grants Program:
- Anishinaabeg of Naongashiing First Nation is building a new, 7,000-square-foot business centre that will include a gas bar, grocery store, post office, gift shop and general store. The community anticipates as many as 20 jobs will be created during construction and at least four full-time and six part-time positions during operation.
- Bearskin Lake First Nation is expanding its community centre, which will create jobs and enhance educational and training opportunities in the community. The expansion includes new meeting and recreational facilities, a space for community programming and events, and a new cafeteria.
Strengthening communities by supporting strategic growth is part of the Ontario government's plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure, and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.
- Ontario has committed $501,500 towards the construction of the $1.5-million business centre in Anishinaabeg of Naongashiing First Nation.
- Ontario has committed $750,000 to the $1.4-million expansion of Bearskin Lake First Nation’s community centre. The project is expected to be completed in 2014.
- The Aboriginal Community Capital Grants Program provides support to Aboriginal groups in building or improving community centres and small business centres across the province.
- Since October 2003, the Aboriginal Community Capital Grants Program program has provided more than $30.7 million to Aboriginal communities through 112 major and minor capital grants and related feasibility studies.
- Anishinaabeg of Naongashiing First Nation is located approximately 70 kilometres south of Kenora.
- Bearskin Lake First Nation is located approximately 425 kilometres north of Sioux Lookout.
“It is important that communities have a gathering place where cultural and educational activities can take place and community development initiatives can flourish. As One Ontario, we will continue to work with First Nations and Aboriginal organizations to move forward on important capital projects that help build stronger, more vibrant communities.”
“We are extremely excited by the opportunity to have a store and tourism centre in our community. This store and tourism centre, created by our First Nation, will serve our neighbours, the surrounding area and visitors from the United States. We hope that having ongoing access to goods and services will not only be convenient for residents and visitors, but also create economic opportunities for our community.”
Wesley Big George