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Anishinabek Nation Sets Sights On Economic Development

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Anishinabek Nation Sets Sights On Economic Development

McGuinty Government Funds Economic Strategy

The Ontario government is helping the 42 member communities of the Anishinabek Nation explore economic development opportunities.

The group is receiving $40,150 from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to develop an economic strategy plan, identify business ideas, models, and other opportunities.

The three-phase project will involve research, a review of the proposed strategy by economic experts and the presentation of the proposed strategy at a community assembly.

Helping First Nation communities explore economic opportunities is part of the province's new relationship with First Nations, which seeks to provide improved opportunities and a better future for Aboriginal children and youth.

Quick Facts

  • The Anishinabek Nation’s total population of approximately 42,000 represents approximately 30 per cent of the total First Nation population in Ontario
  • This project will provide a template for Anishinabek First Nation members to develop successful businesses within their communities and throughout the Anishinabek Nation.

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“This is an important step towards achieving sustained business infrastructure and creating good jobs in First Nations communities.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development and Mines

“First Nation communities will grow stronger as a result of this project, both in the near and distant future.”

Monique Smith

Nipissing MPP

“The Anishinabek Nation has developed a strategy that will give them the tools for long-term economic development, which means more jobs, and more opportunities”

Michael Bryant

Minister of Aboriginal Affairs



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