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Fort Albany First Nation developing economic development program

Mentors, training and resources will help entrepreneurs create business plans

Fort Albany First Nation will use $100,000 in provincial funding to help young entrepreneurs start new businesses.

The funding, from the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, will go to the First Nations Individual Economic Development Program – an initiative created by Fort Albany First Nation – which will provide young entrepreneurs with access to mentors, training and other resources to help them create business plans.

New ventures can be in a variety of areas, including harvesting, arts and crafts, trades, or online services.

“We’re meeting the challenge of providing new economic opportunities for our Fort Albany First Nation members by developing individualized, holistic services in the areas of career guidance, access to resources, training and mentorships that support entrepreneurship and small business,” said Chris Metatawabin, director of economic development at Fort Albany First Nation, in a Feb. 14 news release.

Fort Albany First Nation is a remote community located on the James Bay coast, and is one of the seven communities of the Mushkegowuk Council.