WINDSOR – The Government of Ontario is partnering with Caldwell First Nation, the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation and the Three Fires Group to establish the Three Fires Nations-Ontario Southwestern Ontario Infrastructure and Economic Opportunities Table. This new joint table will advance billions of dollars in critical infrastructure, transformational investments, and clean energy projects in the region, while creating a space for meaningful dialogue, collaboration, and partnership between First Nation leaders and the province.
“We are on a mission to build this province, and the creation of this economic opportunities table will be a game changer for the people of southwestern Ontario,” said Premier Doug Ford. “We are going to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our First Nations partners to advance critical infrastructure projects and ensure everyone benefits from the opportunities that Ontario holds. Working together, we will build a better Ontario for the generations that follow us.”
The Ontario government, working hand-in-hand with partners, has established the Southwestern Ontario Infrastructure and Economic Opportunities Table to accelerate key infrastructure projects in the area, support transformational clean energy project investments, identify and prepare investment-ready lands and advance discussions regarding shared environmental priorities. Recommendations from the table will help inform discussions and further advance partnerships between First Nations communities, the province, local businesses, and municipalities.
Ontario has seen record investments in recent years, following the government’s “Open for Business” approach. The Ontario Government continues to work with First Nations to find new ways to bring First Nations Leaders to the table early. This partnership will encourage more opportunities for qualified First Nations providers to support the procurement of goods and services across the province and further strengthen Ontario’s economy.
“The creation of the Southwestern Ontario Infrastructure and Economic Opportunities Table will lead to enhanced collaboration between the Government of Ontario and area First Nations leadership, and I look forward to the important work that lies ahead,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Indigenous Affairs. “We are moving forward on our promise to build the province of Ontario, and this table will allow First Nations partners an opportunity to inform decisions in a respectful forum and share in economic prosperity.”
- Ontario continues to attract billions of dollars in new investments from companies around the world. Locally, this includes a $5 billion investment to build Ontario’s first large-scale electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant. This is the largest automotive manufacturing investment in Ontario’s history and is expected to directly employ an estimated 2,500 people.
- Three Fires Nations includes Aamjiwnaang First Nation, Bkejwanong First Nation (Walpole Island), Caldwell First Nation, Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation.
“This is an historic marker for Caldwell First Nation and we are excited to work in lockstep with the Province of Ontario in building our Nation and the surrounding Nations through this unprecedented announcement. We are ready to move at the speed of business and look forward to advancing the agenda together with the Premier and his team.”
– Chief Mary Duckworth
Caldwell First Nation
“Establishing the Three Fires Nations-Ontario Southwestern Ontario Infrastructure and Economic Opportunities Table marks a sea change with respect to the economic sovereignty of our communities. We recognize our Three Fires Confederacy territory within Southwestern Ontario will be the cradle of the energy renaissance and will not only help our economies but champion environmental restoration and protection. Advancements such as this are only possible by collaboration between First Nations and the province, Premier Ford, and a number of cabinet members who have been pivotal in this development leading to a promising future.”
– Bizhikee Neebowid, Maang Ndoodem (Ogiimaa Jason Henry)
Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation
“Our team is dedicated to working with our shareholder First Nations to grow Ontario into a world class business destination where success is measured through both economic prosperity and ecological stewardship.”
– Eun Myung “Phil” Lee
CEO, Three Fires Group
SOURCE Province of Ontario