The province is providing local First Nations with $2.5 million for Indigenous economic development projects in the region. In total, Ontario will be funding 13 separate projects which aim to provide job training and skill development.

“Today’s investment will help expand training, employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for Indigenous peoples in Ontario, particularly young people,” said David Zimmer, the Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. “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.”

- Onigaming First Nation will receive $100,000 to design a community centre.

- The Dryden Native Friendship Centre will receive $500,000 for a major renovation of its Indigenous hub.

- Ochiichagwe’Babigo’Ining Ojibway Nation will receive $500,000 to build its new economic development centre.

- Majiishkaa Community Organization will receive $246,066 to provide resource management training and summer employment opportunities for Indigenous youth in Lac La Croix First Nation.

- The Bimose Tribal Council will receive $250,000 for its project Charting Our Way, supporting Indigenous entrepreneurial opportunities and employment development in the Treaty #3 area.

- Rainy Lake Tribal Area Business and Financial Services Corporation will receive $250,000 to provide business support services and funding to Indigenous entrepreneurs and business owners across Treaty #3.

- The Bimose Tribal Council will receive $100,000 for its Economic Development Strategy, supporting identification, research and financial analysis into territorial and regional business development opportunities, partnerships and joint ventures.

- Keewaytinook Okimakanak Council will receive $159,000 to develop multi-sector economic community plans for its members.

- Big Grassy First Nation will receive $50,000 for a feasibility study for a multi-purpose cultural and economic development centre.

- Iskatwizagegaan #39 First Nation will receive $50,000 for a feasibility study for rehabilitation of its band office.

- Shibogama Kanawayneemidowin will receive $97,595 for the Indigenous Career Discovery Centre to provide training and career opportunities for Indigenous people in and around Sioux Lookout.

- Shoal Lake #40 First Nation will receive $100,000 for its Small Business Hub project to help local entrepreneurs access opportunities connected to the First Nation’s infrastructure projects and new opportunities when the community has road access.

- Shoal Lake #40 First Nation will receive $75,000 for a feasibility study for the Shoal Lake #40 Centre of Excellence to provide training to First Nation communities in project management, road construction and maintenance, forestry and economic development.

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