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Federal government pledges $13 million for Indigenous economic development projects

FedNor funding to support 22 projects across northern Ontario
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Sault Ste. Marie MP Terry Sheehan. File photo

The federal government is providing more than $13 million to support economic development within Indigenous communities, businesses and organizations in northern Ontario.  

In a news release issued Sunday, Sault Ste. Marie MP Terry Sheehan - who also serves as parliamentary secretary to Economic Development Minister Mélanie Joly - stated that the funding flowing through FedNor will support a total of 22 projects across the region. 

“To help kick-start Northern Ontario’s economy, our government is making strategic investments to help communities and businesses capitalize on economic development and growth opportunities. Indigenous small and medium-sized businesses exemplify the ingenuity and drive that is at the core of the region’s entrepreneurial spirit,” Sheehan said in the release.

The projects slated to receive funding include: 

  • Economic plans for Mobert First Nation and Red Rock First Nation 
  • Hiring of economic development staff for Lac Des Mille Lacs First Nation and Wahkohtowin Development GP Inc.
  • Asset mapping for Waabnoong Bemjiwang Association of First Nations
  • Support for new community centres and complexes for Webequie First Nation and Ojibway Nation of Saugeen
  • New equipment for Seven Generations Education Institute
  • Hiring of a training coordinator for Shwe Miikaan Corporation

The Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund will receive nearly $5 million for business development, including youth entrepreneurship, as part of the announced funding package.