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Province awards $8.2M to Indigenous projects, organizations

Funds come from the Indigenous Economic Development Fund
Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation will receive $99,930 from the province to support its Ritchie Falls cultural campaign. It's one of 26 projects and six organizations to receive funding under the Indigenous Economic Development Fund. (File photo)

The province has announced the first recipients of the Indigenous Economic Development Fund (IEDF), which is providing $8.2 million in funding in 2019-2020.

Among the first recipients are 26 projects from across Ontario and six Indigenous financial institutions. The fund provides grants and financing to Indigenous entrepreneurs, businesses, communities and organizations.

Recipients include several communities and organizations from Northern Ontario.

Indigenous Economic Development Fund 
Chippewas of Nawash First Nation: $100,000, Cape Croker Maple Syrup Business Expansion Project

Shoal Lake #40 First Nation: $100,000, Shoal Lake 40 Small Business Hub Project-Phase 3

Fort Albany First Nation: $100,000, Fort Albany Small Business Development Project

Inuit Art Foundation: $100,000, Expanding the Economic Impact of the Igloo Tag Trademark

Algonquins of Pikwakanagan: $100,000, AOPFN Economic Growth Project

Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation: $100,000, Beyond 2020 - Positioning Our Community's Economy for Future Prosperity

Seine River First Nation: $46,000, Update Community Tourism Strategy and Plan

Red Rock Indian Band: $72,000, Tourism Development Coordinator

Wahkohtowin Development GPI: $250,000, Implementing Full Participation - Growing First Nation's governance capacity to 2021 - Missanabie Forest - Enhanced Sustainable Forest Licence

Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation: $99,930, Ritchie Falls Cultural Campaign

Moose Cree First Nation: $100,000, Our Store, The Moose Cree Food Cooperative

Rainy Lake Tribal Area Business and Financial Services Corporation: $152,790, Anishinaabe Business & Economic Development

Pays Plat First Nation: $100,000, Business Development Coordinator

Webequie First Nation: $100,000, Community Co-op Store feasibility study

Sheshegwaning First Nation: $75,000, Sheshegwaning Marina and Waterfront Development Project Feasibility Study

Tungasuvvingat Inuit: $100,000, Development of an economic development plan for Urban Inuit in Ontario 

Garden River First Nation: $100,000, Industrial Park Master Plan Financial & Feasibility Study

Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek: $100,000, BNA Traditional Economic Activities Project

Chippewas of the Thames First Nation: $100,000, Economic Development Strategy

Hiawatha First Nation: $100,000, Research and Planning for Economic Development in Hiawatha

MoCreebec Eeyoud: $100,000, Business Plan for Fibre to the Home Network Expansion

Neskantaga First Nation: $91,020, Strategic Economic Development Plan Project

Anishnawbek Employment and Training: $250,000, AETS Pre-Apprenticeship Training Supports

Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training: $250,000, Indigenous Adult Career Exploration Program

Six Nations of the Grand River Territory: $50,000, Six Nations Language and Culture Community Learning Centre - Feasibility Study

Chapleau Cree First Nation: $50,000, Multi-purpose community centre feasibility study

Aboriginal Financial Institutions
The following organizations will each receive $700,000 in 2019-20, for a total of $4.2 million:

  • Indian Agricultural Program of Ontario
  • Métis Voyageur Development Fund
  • Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund
  • Tecumseh Community Development Corporation
  • Two Rivers Community Development Centre
  • Waubetek Business Development Corporation

The province said additional recipients are expected to be announced in the coming months.