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FedNor sees the potential of sawmilling and suds in Temiskaming

Forest management corporation, microbrewery and chambers reap the benefits of federal funding
Temagami First Nation
(Temagami First Nation photo)

FedNor delivered more than $616,000 help Temiskaming-area businesses and organizations with expansion and the challenges of the pandemic.

Daki Menan Lands And Resources Corp. was planted with $209,500 for a number of forest management activities associated with this enterprise controlled by the Temagami First Nation on Bear Island.

Established in 2004, the corporation has plans to increase firewood production and construct a small portable sawmill, a priority project that will create eight full-time jobs to provide custom sawmilling services and produce rough lumber, hardwood cants and boards for the local and southern Ontario markets.

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“At Daki Menan Lands and Resources Corporation we are working hard to implement our forestry strategy and create opportunities for youth through initiatives such as First Nation Jr. Ranger program," said Daki president Robin Koistinen in a FedNor news release on Feb. 11.

"This investment will help us capitalize on business growth opportunities, expand our product line, reach new markets, and create quality jobs for our First Nation’s members. I’m confident that by working together, our communities and businesses will create long lasting jobs and opportunities for our young people to live, work, and stay in the North.”

The Temiskaming Shores & Area Chamber of Commerce has locked down $200,000 to hire a project coordinator tasked with assisting local businesses in reopening, ramping up, and upgrading workspaces to keep employees and customers safe from the pandemic.

Whiskeyjack Beer Company has $143,537 on tap to establish a microbrewery and "agri-tourism destination" in downtown Haileybury. The owners are buying new equipment and renovating a space for a taproom and do to small-batch brewing to supply its onsite bar.

The Temagami and District Chamber of Commerce pocketed $31,500 to hire a business intern for a year to help with membership drives, the website, all things concerning social media, and assist with putting together its visitors guide. The Township of Armstrong gets the same amount to recruit an IT intern for a year.