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Ontario Investing in Indigenous Economic Development in Southeastern Ontario

by ahnationtalk on March 1, 2018320 Views

Province Supporting Indigenous Communities to Train and Build Skilled Workforce

February 27, 2018

Ontario is supporting Indigenous communities in Southeastern Ontario to build their workforce through training programs and infrastructure projects.

The support includes funding for the Aboriginal Labour Force Development Circle in Tyendinaga to deliver Developing Our Future–Phase II, a program that will provide participants with educational and career development support to find jobs. This may mean completing grade 12, pursuing a trade, receiving help to start a new business or accessing apprenticeship opportunities. The program also helps clients overcome mental and emotional barriers to success.

Supporting economic growth for Indigenous communities is one of the many steps on Ontario’s journey of healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. It reflects the government’s commitment to work with Indigenous partners, creating a better future for everyone in the province.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing $119,235 in the Aboriginal Labour Force Development Circle in Tyendinaga for Developing Our Future—Phase II program.
  • Other Indigenous projects receiving funding in Southeastern Ontario include:
    • $26,200 to Tipi Moza in Kingston for a feasibility study to build a community centre. The organization connects urban Indigenous community members with cultural, educational and employment services.
    • $10,640 to Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte for a feasibility study to build an educational centre.

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“Today’s investment will help Indigenous people in southeastern Ontario overcome hurdles to meaningful employment. These grants are part of Ontario’s commitment to work closely with Indigenous partners so they can fully develop the talent and economic potential in their communities. This is an important step in Ontario’s journey of reconciliation.”

David Zimmer
Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

“The collaborative approach from everyone involved with ‘Developing Our Future, Phase I’ had such a positive effect on our people, with over 60 clients receiving some form of training/employment, that we sought assistance from the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation once again; thankfully Phase II was supported by the Ministry. The Ministry’s assistance as well as the combination of all parties involved will contribute to a successful Phase II. Strength is truly in numbers. A heartfelt thank you to everyone.”

Glenda “Sam” Maracle
Executive Director, Aboriginal Labour Force Development Circle

“I loved the project. I’m a hands-on learner and really appreciated having a teacher in the classroom to help. This program has made a big difference in my life.”

Jessica Thompson
Developing Our Future Phase I Graduate

Media Contacts

Antoine Tedesco
Minister’s Office

Flavia Mussio
Media Contact


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