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Province Promotes Economic Growth At Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation

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Province Promotes Economic Growth At Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation

McGuinty Government On The Side Of Northerners

SUDBURY - The McGuinty government is promoting economic growth at Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation by investing in renovations to its Millennium Centre, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"We are on the side of northerners.  That's why we're investing in economic development projects across the North," said Bartolucci, who is also chair of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). "By helping this community refurbish a very useful multi-purpose facility, we are helping ensure enhanced recreational opportunities for local residents and supporting the revitalization of local businesses that depend on it."

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is providing the Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation with $950,000 to upgrade the 17,500 square-foot Sagamok Millennium Centre. The improvements will prepare the centre to be used as a rental space, and will make it suitable for hosting events such as training programs, conferences and bingo. In addition to the several local businesses that currently operate in the centre, a new restaurant will also be opened as part of the renovations.

"The McGuinty government is committed to be sustaining and creating jobs in the North's First Nation communities," said Aboriginal Affairs Minister David Ramsay. "We expect the benefits this centre will bring the Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation and the community of Massey to be substantial and long lasting."

This initiative is just one way the McGuinty government is supporting northern prosperity.  Others include:  

•    Investing $2 million in the Northern Communities Investment Readiness initiative which provides up to $5,000 to eligible communities, including First Nations, to help attract new investment by hosting seminars and workshops and developing community profiles and other promotional tools

•    Fostering awareness of Northern Ontario's rich aboriginal culture and history by investing $500,000 in the French River Heritage Centre, which includes  interactive displays and artefacts recounting First Nation history and the fur trade

•    Providing $24,700 through the NOHFC's Young Entrepreneur Program to launch W. C. McKay Consulting Services, a business which will provide First Nation communities, development organizations and their clients, advice related to economic and cultural sustainability.

These initiatives are part of the government's Northern Prosperity Plan for building stronger northern communities. The Northern Prosperity Plan has four pillars: Strengthening the North and its Communities; Listening to and Serving Northerners Better; Competing Globally; and Providing Opportunities for All.

Laura Blondeau
MNDM - Sudbury
(705) 564-7454    

Michel Lavoie
MNDM - Sudbury
(705) 564-7125



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