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Ontario Invests In First Nations Mining Career Summer Camp

Investment Will Promote Youth Education and Skill Development in Far North

SUDBURY - The McGuinty government is fostering future prosperity in Ontario's Far North by investing in a First Nations Summer Youth Career Camp in Mining, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"I am pleased that our government is supporting an initiative that will have a significant and positive effect on First Nations youth in the Far North," said Bartolucci, who is also chair of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation.  "The future leaders of northern aboriginal communities will benefit from learning about current mining practices, career choices, and the potential benefits of mineral development."

The 12-day mining camp will provide an opportunity for youth from First Nations in the Shibogama First Nation Council to learn more about the mining industry and the career choices the resource sector offers. Participants are from Kasabonika Lake First Nation, Kingfisher Lake First Nation, Wapekeka First Nation, Wawakapewin First Nation and Wunnumin Lake First Nation.  The NOHFC will invest $16,175 for transportation, accommodations and the purchase of equipment.

"The McGuinty government continues working with First Nations to develop a new relationship based on co-operation and mutual respect," said David Ramsay, Minister Responsible for Aboriginal Affairs. "Through investments like this, we are assisting the efforts of communities in promoting an understanding for the opportunities available to youth in the resource development sector."

Other McGuinty government initiatives for northerners include:

•    Investing $3.5 million in the construction of winter roads in the Far North
•    Providing up to $25,000 through the Northern Ontario Young Entrepreneur Program to support business start-ups by young northerners
•    Investing $15 million over three years for geological mapping in the Far North.

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
Minister's Office - Sudbury
(705) 564-7454    

Michel Lavoie    
MNDM/NOHFC - Sudbury
(705) 564-7125

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