McGuinty Government Funded Video Premieres At International Mining Conference
TORONTO - The McGuinty government is working to build a strong and prosperous northern economy by taking steps toward meaningful mineral development partnerships with First Nations communities through support for an educational mining video, Northern Development and Mines Minister and Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) Chair Rick Bartolucci announced today.
"We must begin to address a long-standing need within First Nations communities for greater understanding of modern mining and its impacts," said Bartolucci at the video's official premiere during the First Nations Education Session of the World Mine Ministries Forum, attended by hundreds of delegates. "Improving communications will allow us to develop meaningful partnerships with First Nations and allow them to share in the economic prosperity that mining brings to this province."
With a $50,000 investment from the NOHFC, the Ontario Mining Association is completing a 15-minute video outlining mining industry processes and potential economic development and job opportunities for First Nations communities. It is being produced by a First Nations film company and will be made available in Cree, Ojibway, Oji-Cree, French and English. Supporting material and brochures will be developed to support the video in each language.
The McGuinty government is returning the NOHFC to its original mandate of fostering private sector job creation. The NOHFC is working in partnership with the private sector and other levels of government to diversify the northern economy and stimulate job growth. It is an essential part of the government's commitment to delivering a four-year plan for positive change across Northern Ontario.
"By building a strong and prosperous northern economy, we can provide our people with a quality of life that is second to none," Bartolucci concluded.