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Province provides $203,206 for Indigenous business initiatives

Animbiigoo Zaagi'igan Anishinaabek, Eabametoong First Nation, and Missanabie Cree First Nation are the recipient communities.
A trio of Indigenous communities has received funding for business initiatives.

The province has announced funding for two Indigenous communities, which will be targeted to new business opportunities and boost economic growth.

Animbiigoo Zaagi'igan Anishinaabek will receive $100,000 for a mixed-use highway commercial development plan, which includes identifying businesses and services best suited for the geographical area.

Eabametoong First Nation will receive $36,952, which will be applied to train and build capacity for entrepreneurs in the cultural tourism sector.

Missanabie Cree First Nation will receive $66,254 to explore opportunities to enhance the diversification of its economy, particularly in sectors with a high potential for success.

“The Aboriginal Economic Development Fund grant for cultural tourism training will help facilitate and guide the community into the business of cultural tourism, said Paul Holcroft, employment community co-ordinator at Eabametoong First Nation, in a release.

“The goal is to bring money into the community to help the local economy by attracting tourists to the Eabametoong First Nation Territory. The training is the first step of many in the cultural tourism industry.”

Funding for these initiatives comes through the Aboriginal Economic Development Fund (AEDF).