Ontario Investing in Indigenous Economic Development in Northwestern Ontario
Ontario is investing $2.5 million in Indigenous economic development in northwestern Ontario. The 13 projects are receiving funding through three different initiatives:
Indigenous Community Capital Grants Program:
- Onigaming First Nation will receive $100,000 to design a community centre.
- The Dryden Native Friendship Centre will receive $500,000 for a major renovation of its Indigenous hub.
- Ochiichagwe'Babigo'Ining Ojibway Nation will receive $500,000 to build its new economic development centre.
Regional Partnership Grant:
- Majiishkaa Community Organization will receive $246,066 to provide resource management training and summer employment opportunities for Indigenous youth in Lac La Croix First Nation.
- The Bimose Tribal Council will receive $250,000 for its project Charting Our Way, supporting Indigenous entrepreneurial opportunities and employment development in the Treaty #3 area.
- Rainy Lake Tribal Area Business and Financial Services Corporation will receive $250,000 to provide business support services and funding to Indigenous entrepreneurs and business owners across Treaty #3.
Economic Diversification Grant:
- The Bimose Tribal Council will receive $100,000 for its Economic Development Strategy, supporting identification, research and financial analysis into territorial and regional business development opportunities, partnerships and joint ventures.
- Keewaytinook Okimakanak Council will receive $159,500 to develop multi-sector economic community plans for its members.
- Big Grassy First Nation will receive $50,000 for a feasibility study for a multi-purpose cultural and economic development centre.
- Iskatwizagegaan #39 First Nation will receive $50,000 for a feasibility study for rehabilitation of its band office.
- Shibogama Kanawayneemidowin will receive $97,595 for The Indigenous Career Discovery Centre to provide training and career opportunities for Indigenous people in and around Sioux Lookout
- Shoal Lake #40 First Nation will receive $100,000 for its Small Business Hub project to help local entrepreneurs access opportunities connected to the First Nation's infrastructure projects and new opportunities when the community has road access.
- Shoal Lake #40 First Nation will also receive $75,000 for a feasibility study for the Shoal Lake #40 Centre of Excellence to provide training to First Nation communities in project management, road construction and maintenance, forestry and economic development.