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Ontario Invests In First Nation Forestry Project

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Ontario Invests In First Nation Forestry Project

Support Helps Moose Cree Pursue Commercial Forestry Opportunities

SUDBURY - The Ontario government is supporting the economic development efforts of the Moose Cree First Nation by investing in the community's land use planning process, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"The McGuinty government is committed to helping remote northern First Nation communities take advantage of new economic development opportunities that create jobs," said Bartolucci.  "Our investment will help the Moose Band Development Corporation further investigate opportunities for commercial forestry in their region."

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation will provide $266,240 to help the Moose Band Development Corporation complete the land use planning process and implement a Forest Management Plan.  This is the first step in the process to obtain a Sustainable Forest License, which would allow the First Nation to establish a commercial forestry operation in the territory of the Moose Cree Forest Unit.

"Our government is committed to building strong partnerships with First Nation communities and to boosting the economy in the province's Far North," said David Ramsay, Minister of Natural Resources and Minister Responsible for Aboriginal Affairs.  "The development of this plan will provide the foundation for long-term prosperity and sustainable growth."  

Other McGuinty government initiatives for northern prosperity include:

•    Investing nearly $640,000 in a mining training program for Aboriginal youth in the Red Lake region

•    Contributing $230,000 to reconstruct the tree seedling nursery in Wabigoon First Nation

•    Providing $1 million to construct a new community services centre in Webequie First Nation.

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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