Government of Canada Helps Improve Anishinaabeg of Naongashiing Pow-wow Grounds
June 15, 2017 – Morson, ON – Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario – FedNor
The Government of Canada is investing $50,000 to help the Anishinaabeg of Naongashiing First Nation renovate its pow-wow grounds. Originally built in 1990, the community’s pow-wow grounds have been the scene of countless celebrations, ceremonies and special events, including its annual pow-wow which will welcome its 27th edition this summer.
Don Rusnak, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Rainy River, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor, today announced this Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) investment. Specifically, the FedNor funding will enable the community to enlarge the grounds’ arbor area, expand and reinforce the stands, install a roof and overhang over the seating area, and renovate the elders’ section. The enhancements will help accommodate more performers, citizens and visitors to the community celebrations, and better protect participants from the elements.
“The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of investing in community assets, such as the Anishinaabeg of Naongashiing First Nation’s pow-wow grounds, to ensure that they continue to benefit local residents for years to come. What better way to celebrate our country’s 150th anniversary than by strengthening that which binds our communities together.”
The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor.
“I am very pleased that today’s announcement will help improve and strengthen an important community asset in Anishinaabeg of Naongashiing First Nation. Our government is committed to making investments that leave a positive legacy in our communities and contribute to improving quality of life for Canadians everywhere.”
Don Rusnak, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Rainy River
“On behalf of the Anishinaabeg of Naongashiing, I would like to thank Minister Bains and MP Don Rusnak for this investment. Our pow-wow grounds have a strong spiritual significance for our citizens, and serve an important role as a community gathering place.”
Patricia Big George, Chief, Anishinaabeg of Naongashiing First Nation
- CIP 150 is designed to leave a lasting legacy by supporting the rehabilitation or improvement of existing community infrastructure assets and facilities across the country that promote community and cultural benefits for the public.
- FedNor is delivering this program in Northern Ontario with an allocation of $10.4 million over two years, ending March 31st, 2018.