Treaty 9 First Nations Seek New Business Opportunities
September 23, 2009
NOHFC logo McGuinty Government Supporting Economic Growth In Northern Ontario
Treaty 9 First Nations in Northern Ontario will seek more business investors and support more local entrepreneurs with the assistance of a special initiatives advisor.The advisor will be hired through the Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund initiative to help First Nation communities develop and launch local businesses – particularly in forestry, mining and other resource sectors.
Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) assistance will support this position for at least three years.
“By investing in this project, we are providing the services of an expert who will work with member First Nations to help them take advantage of new private sector projects that strive to bring jobs to the area.”
– Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan
“Our government recognizes the importance of helping small northern communities build the knowledge and experience required to generate new economic development opportunities.”
– Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry, and chair of the NOHFC.
“Providing remote First Nations communities access to business expertise will help them plan for and attract new job creation projects which will help improve the quality of life for local residents.”
– Brad Duguid, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs
• The NOHFC is providing $147,296 to this project under its Infrastructure and Community Development Program.
• The Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund is an Aboriginal-owned and operated financial institution that provides business and financial services to Aboriginal people living in remote, non-remote, and urban communities in Northern Ontario. Its main office is in Thunder Bay.
Anne-Marie Flanagan, Minister’s Office, 416-327-0655
Michel Lavoie, Communications Branch, 705-564-7125
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