Aboriginal Businesses Feature

Leon Tirums and Bernie Bird of AlterNative Homes hope to break ground late this year on a composite panel manufacturing plant in Dryden.
Aboriginal home builder aims for 2015 plant startupAboriginal home builder Bernie Bird is counting on a fat order book this summer to start the cash flowing toward erecting a composite home manufacturing factory in Dryden.His company, AlterNative Homes, is aiming to break ground on a panel plant in the city’s industrial park by late summer and be in operation by mid-winter or spring of 2015.In early June, the Edmonton-based Bird and vice-president Leon Tirums were building a 15- by 36-foot demonstration home at Eagle Lake First Nation in prepar...


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Ontario launches Aboriginal economic development fund
The province has launched the $25-million Aboriginal Economic Development Fund, which will fund business, employment and training opportunities for First Nation, Métis and Inuit businesses.A three-year initiative, the fund has the following goals:-Help Aboriginal communities develop long-term str...
First Nation leaders call for halt on Ring of Fire permits
The chiefs of the Matawa First Nations are demanding a moratorium in the issuance of exploration permits in the Ring of Fire.In a resolution passed by the leadership of the nine communities in the tribal council on Sept. 17, the chiefs want a regional protocol developed with the Ontario government ...
North Shore First Nation wants hydro plant inside national park
Pic River First Nation has eyes on building a hydroelectric power station inside the boundaries of Pukaskwa National Park on Lake Superior.The Ojibway band announced July 16 that it has submitted a proposal to the federal government for a 25- to 30-megawatt generating station at Chigamiwinigum Fall...
Program trains Aboriginal women in mining
Her official title is job coach, but in her role with the Temiskaming Native Women’s Support Group, Kelly Lamontagne can, on any given day, also serve as a social worker, mover, relationship guru, personal shopper, addictions counsellor, cheerleader and headhunter.It’s all done in the name of helpi...


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