The Mattagami First Nation will use $82,000 from the federal government to explore tourism and economic development opportunities.
The funding, announced on July 24, will allow the community to complete a waterfront feasibility study and master plan. It will determine the viability of potential projects such as establishing a marina, an RV park, a fish hatchery, and an events centre.
“We are excited to partner with FedNor and the Government of Canada to strengthen local tourism and create new business opportunities in Mattagami First Nation,” said Mattagami Chief Chad Boissoneau, in a news release.
“I am pleased that the federal government recognizes our unique needs and is investing to make our community a better place to live, work, play and visit.”
The funding is provided through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program, which supports projects that promote sustainable community economic development, enhance business development and growth, and facilitate innovation throughout the region.
Mattagami First Nation territory is located within the Sudbury District near the town of Gogama. It is comprised of citizens of Ojibwe, Oji-Cree and Odawa descent, and is a member of the Wabun Tribal Council, a political organization that is also part of the Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (NAN).