Investment to Create Jobs, Opportunities and Improve Community Spaces for a Better Quality of Life in Indigenous Communities

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National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Shawn Atleo

The Government of Canada funding announced today is provided through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program and the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150).

FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program supports projects that promote sustainable community economic development, enhance business development and growth, and facilitate innovation throughout the region.

The CIP 150 program is designed to leave a lasting legacy in communities across the country by supporting improvements to community infrastructure that provide community and cultural benefits for the public.

M’Chigeeng First Nation

FedNor is investing $712,572 to enable M’Chigeeng First Nation to establish a business development centre in the community. With the goal of supporting entrepreneurs and encouraging business start-ups, this 12,000-square-foot commercial facility will include a business and arts incubator, and serve as a cultural and economic hub for the community. Once complete, the centre will be home to the community’s renewable energy project development office, a grocery store and pharmacy. The centre will also feature an atrium and main entrance capable of hosting community events, art sales and Indigenous artisan markets.

Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation

In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, a CIP 150 investment of $100,000 will enable Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation to revitalize and complete infrastructure upgrades to its cultural and community recreation centre. Specifically, the FedNor funding will be used to purchase and install a new scoreboard, signage, playground and fitness equipment, as well as improve safety and energy efficiencies, making the centre more accessible and environmentally friendly.

Sheguiandah First Nation

The Government of Canada is providing $50,594 in CIP 150 funding to enable the Sheguiandah First Nation to enhance the community’s waterfront park on Lake Huron. The project will include expanding the beachfront area, establishing a new veteran’s monument, creating a larger community dock, as well as upgrading various park facilities. Once complete, this strategic initiative will help transform this important local asset into a safe, modern, and accessible recreational hub for community members and visitors.

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