Indigenous arts and culture sectors get financial boost – Brantford Expositor

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Indigenous arts and culture sectors get financial boost – Brantford Expositor

by mmnationtalk on July 31, 2020261 Views

Indigenous arts and cultural organizations in Brantford, Brant County and Six Nations of the Grand River are getting an economic boost from the provincial government.

On Thursday morning, Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, announced more than $279,000 in funding to support the local Indigenous arts and tourism sectors.

She was Joined for the announcement by MPPs Will Bouma of Brantford-Brant and Toby Barrett, of Haldimand-Norfolk and Six Nations elected councillor Nathan Wright in front of the Mohawk Chapel, which the minister described as “one of the most historic sites in our entire country.”

“Heritage, sport, tourism and culture industries were hit first, the hardest, and will take the longest to recover with respect to COVID-19,” said MacLeod, noting that sectors under her ministry drive $75 billion into Ontario’s economy each year.

“It’s incredibly important that we continue to support our cultural, heritage, tourism and sporting institutions so that in a post COVID-19 reality, what we value as Ontarians is still left.”

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