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Ontario Investing in Indigenous Economic Development in Timmins Area

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Ontario Investing in Indigenous Economic Development in Timmins Area

Province Supporting Indigenous Communities to Train and Build a Skilled Work Force

Ontario is supporting Indigenous communities in and around Timmins to build their workforce through training programs and infrastructure projects.

Economic development initiatives include funding for the Temiskaming Native Women's Support Group to deliver a program that supports the hiring and retention of First Nation and Métis women in the mining industry.

This Aboriginal Women in Mining Technical Certifications and Business Development Program provides gender-specific entrepreneurial and management training. It also provides heavy equipment operator and computer certifications to Indigenous women pursuing careers in the mining industry. The program works in partnership with mining and other industries across Northeastern Ontario.

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

  • Ontario is investing $125,994 in the Temiskaming Native Women's Support Group’s Aboriginal Women in Mining Technical Certifications and Business Development Program, as well as $50,000 for a feasibility study for a multi-use cultural/education centre.
  • Other Indigenous projects receiving funding in the Timmins area include:
    • $88,940 to Wabun Tribal Council to train community members in underground mining techniques with the Underground Hard Rock Miner Common.
    • $100,000 to Moose Cree First Nation for its training and employment expansion/diversification project.
    • $170,957 to Mushkegowuk Council to complete at least three feasibility studies and for business planning.
    • $50,000 to Taykwa Tagamou First Nation for a feasibility study for a multi-use cultural/education centre.

Quotes

David Zimmer

“Today’s investment will contribute to education and training opportunities for Indigenous women in the Timmins area. This funding is part of Ontario’s commitment to work closely with Indigenous partners so they can nurture their talent and overcome barriers to success. This is an important step in Ontario’s journey of reconciliation.”

David Zimmer

Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

“We believe that transformation comes from within; that includes gender equity within the mining industry. The Regional Partnership Grant is helping Indigenous women gain the skills they need to be a part of that transformation as skilled and knowledgeable workers.”

Ann Batisse

Executive Director, Temiskaming Native Women’s Support Group

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