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Nipissing First Nation to develop office building

NOHFC supporting project with $1M in funding
Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli presented a $1-million NOHFC grant to Nipissing First Nation on Nov. 23 for the construction of a new multi-tenant office building. From left are Dwayne Nashkawa, Michael Harney, Nipissing Chief Scott McLeod and Fedeli. (Supplied photo)

Nipissing First Nation has received $1 million in provincial funding to help build a new office building in the community.

The 10,000-square-foot facility will be constructed in the Bineshii Business Park, located along Highway 17, in two phases. 

The project’s first stage will include the Kinoomaadziwin Education Body (KEB), the body overseeing the new First Nations-led education system. A small-business incubator, providing commercial office space to local entrepreneurs, will be developed during the second stage.

The project is expected to create 10 full-time jobs and drive local economic growth.

“Housing the KEB office on Nipissing First Nation provides access to job opportunities for our community members, while the small business centre will create new opportunities for our entrepreneurs,” said Nipissing Chief Scott McLeod in a Nov. 23 news release.

“We will continue to nurture job creation and business development in our community with the investment in this new facility.”

Funding comes from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp.

Nipissing First Nation is located just east of North Bay, on the shores of Lake Nipissing.