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Ontario Investing in Indigenous Economic Development and Community Investment Across the Province

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Ontario Investing in Indigenous Economic Development and Community Investment Across the Province

Ministry of Indigenous Affairs

Ontario is committed to reconciliation for Indigenous peoples and communities by focusing on initiatives that promote economic prosperity and create a better future for everyone across the province. 

Today, Greg Rickford, Minister of Indigenous Affairs announced the province is investing up to $8.2 million in the Indigenous Economic Development fund, with the first recipients of the funding as follows: 

Indigenous Economic Development Fund 

Chippewas of Nawash First Nation
$100,000
Cape Croker Maple Syrup Business Expansion Project

Shoal Lake #40 First Nation
$100,000
Shoal Lake 40 Small Business Hub Project-Phase 3

Fort Albany First Nation
$100,000
Fort Albany Small Business Development Project

Inuit Art Foundation
$100,000
Expanding the Economic Impact of the Igloo Tag Trademark

Algonquins of Pikwakanagan
$100,000
AOPFN Economic Growth Project

Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation
$100,000
Beyond 2020 - Positioning Our Community's Economy for Future Prosperity

Seine River First Nation
$46,000
Update Community Tourism Strategy and Plan

Red Rock Indian Band
$72,000
Tourism Development Coordinator

Wahkohtowin Development GPI
$250,000
Implementing Full Participation - Growing First Nation's governance capacity to 2021- Missanabie Forest - Enhanced Sustainable Forest Licence

Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation
$99,930
Ritchie Falls Cultural Campaign

Moose Cree First Nation
$100,000
Our Store, The Moose Cree Food Cooperative

Rainy Lake Tribal Area Business and Financial Services Corporation
$152,790
Anishinaabe Business & Economic Development

Pays Plat First Nation
$100,000
Business Development Coordinator

Webequie First Nation
100,000
Community Co-op Store feasibility study

Sheshegwaning First Nation
$75,000
Sheshegwaning Marina and Waterfront Development Project Feasibility Study

Tungasuvvingat Inuit
$100,000
Development of an economic development plan for Urban Inuit in Ontario 

Garden River First Nation
$100,000
Industrial Park Master Plan Financial & Feasibility Study

Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek
$100,000
BNA Traditional Economic Activities Project

Chippewas of the Thames First Nation
$100,000
Economic Development Strategy

Hiawatha First Nation
$100,000
Research and Planning for Economic Development in Hiawatha.

MoCreebec Eeyoud
$100,000
Business Plan for Fibre to the Home Network Expansion

Neskantaga First Nation
$91,020
Strategic Economic Development Plan Project

Anishnawbek Employment and Training
$250,000
AETS Pre-Apprenticeship Training Supports

Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training
$250,000
Indigenous Adult Career Exploration Program

Six Nations of the Grand River Territory
$50,000
Six Nations Language and Culture Community Learning Centre - Feasibility Study

Chapleau Cree First Nation
$50,000
Multi-purpose community centre feasibility study.

Total              $2,886,740

Aboriginal Financial Institutions
The following organizations will each receive $700,000 in 2019-20, for a total of $4.2 million:

  • Indian Agricultural Program of Ontario
  • Métis Voyageur Development Fund
  • Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund
  • Tecumseh Community Development Corporation
  • Two Rivers Community Development Centre
  • Waubetek Business Development Corporation






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