Government of Canada investment supports economic growth of First Nation communities

SIOUX LOOKOUT, Ontario, May 23, 2012 —  Greg Rickford, Member of Parliament for Kenora, on behalf of the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister for FedNor, today announced a Government of Canada investment of $334,700 to facilitate the planning and community engagement process needed to establish a First Nations-owned electrical transmission business in Northern Ontario.

“The Government of Canada is proud to support the economic development and diversification efforts of First Nation communities in Northern Ontario and across the nation,” said Minister Clement. “This investment will provide First Nations in Ontario’s far north with the opportunity to take charge of their economic future.”

“This initiative will provide partner First Nations with the tools they need to be successful,” stated Greg Rickford, Member of Parliament for Kenora. “It will also enhance collaboration among First Nations, government and private sector stakeholders in the region.”

Working on behalf of remote First Nations in the region, Windigo First Nations Council, along with its partners, Shibogama First Nations Council and the Independent First Nations Alliance, will use the FedNor funding to engage their member communities and gather input on a draft business case to establish a First Nations-owned electrical transmission business in Northern Ontario.

“Currently, we have 10 First Nations in the Musselwhite region that are not on the provincial power grid,” said Frank McKay, Council Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Windigo First Nations Council. “This initiative will help us move to the next phase of development, and ultimately, help create jobs and promote economic growth throughout the area.”  

The funding announced today is provided through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program, which supports projects that strengthen community economic development, enhance business growth, and facilitate innovation throughout the region.

To find out more about FedNor, visit: fednor.gc.ca.

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For more information, please contact:

Sean Osmar
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Tony Clement
613-957 2666

Kim Fewchuk
Communications Officer
FedNor
705-941-2105 or 1-877-333-6673, ext. 306

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