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Ontario Investing in First Nations Economic Development in Georgian Bay

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Ontario Investing in First Nations Economic Development in Georgian Bay

Province Supporting Improved Economic Outcomes for First Nations Communities

Ontario is investing in projects that create jobs, support new skills training and improve economic outcomes for First Nations in the Georgian Bay area. 

The Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation is receiving funding for their Cape Croker Maple Syrup Business Development Project. The new venture is expanding on the eco-tourism and cultural heritage offerings of Cape Croker Park, which attracts about 35,000 visitors each year, and is part of the community's plan to generate revenue through band-owned businesses and community resources.

Additionally, Ontario is supporting the Huronia Area Aboriginal Management Board Skills-Ready Aboriginal Peoples Project. The project is training Indigenous people for the jobs needed to support the refurbishment of the Bruce Power nuclear plant.

The Wahta Mohawks First Nation is also receiving funding for a feasibility study to explore potential commercial development.

Supporting economic development in partnership with Indigenous communities and partners is one of the many steps on Ontario's journey of healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. It reflects the government's commitment to work with Indigenous partners, creating a better future for everyone in the province.

Quick Facts

  • The Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation is receiving $100,000 for the Cape Croker Maple Syrup Business Development Project through the Indigenous Community Capital Grant Program.
  • The Huronia Area Aboriginal Management Board (HAAMB) is receiving $248,556 for the HAAMB Skills-Ready Aboriginal Peoples Project.
  • Wahta Mohawks First Nation is receiving $93,500 for a feasibility study to explore potential commercial development.

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David Zimmer

“From maple syrup to energy, today’s investment will help expand job opportunities for First Nations in Ontario. This funding is part of Ontario’s commitment to work closely with Indigenous partners so they can develop talent and commercial opportunities in their communities. This is an important step in Ontario’s journey of reconciliation.”

David Zimmer

Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

“Chippewas of Nawash are very pleased with Ontario's contribution through the Indigenous Economic Development Fund towards our maple syrup venture in Cape Croker Park. Maple syrup, the product, the processes and the story complement our existing tourism business and will help us to continue developing an all-season tourism industry.”

Nathan Keeshig

Cape Croker Forestry Director

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