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Ontario Investing in First Nations Economic Development in Manitoulin Island Area

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Ontario Investing in First Nations Economic Development in Manitoulin Island Area

Ontario Supporting Creation of Culturally Relevant Opportunities

Ontario is investing in initiatives in and around Manitoulin Island to support First Nations communities in creating culturally relevant infrastructure and services that improve the local economy. 

The province is funding four new projects in the Manitoulin Island area, including:

  • Wikwemikong First Nation is receiving funding to design a new residential healing lodge. The new facility would provide crisis intervention and treatment services by housing a residential family healing program, an adult grief program and a youth program. It would be an expansion of Ngwaagan Gamig Recovery Centre, which offers prevention and treatment services for drug, alcohol and gaming addictions.
  • The Ojibwe Cultural Foundation is receiving funding to expand its cultural programing for tourists and the arts community through youth engagement and improving outreach to school boards, establishing a summer youth internship program, creating an online cultural resource hub and developing an "Elder in Residence" program.

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

  • Wikwemikong First Nation will receive $100,000 from the province to design a new residential healing lodge.
  • The Ojibwe Cultural Foundation (OCF) will receive $75,669 from the province to expand its cultural programing for tourists and the arts community.
  • The OCF was established in 1974 to preserve and revitalize the language, culture, arts, spirituality and traditions of the Anishinaabe people of Mnidoo Mnising (Manitoulin Island). It does so through its museum, events and workshops.
  • Economic development funding in the Manitoulin region also includes the following projects:

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David Zimmer

“Today’s investment will help expand employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for Indigenous peoples in Ontario. Health, culture and the arts contribute to fully developing talent in First Nations communities. This is an important step in Ontario’s journey of reconciliation and will create a better future for everyone in this province.”

David Zimmer

Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

“Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory is pleased that the Indigenous Community Capital Grants Program is providing funding for our next phase of work towards the long-term goal of building a healing lodge. The lodge will help provide important, culturally based healing for our community members.””

Mary Jo Wabano

Health Services Director, Wikwemikong Health Centre

“This funding will help create the capacity the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation needs to expand its cultural programing and outreach. Culture, arts and youth engagement are important parts of a thriving First Nation and key aspects of reconciliation.”

Anong Beam

Executive Director Ojibwe Cultural Foundation

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