Economic development dollars announced for northern Ontario Nations

Monday, August 28th, 2017 1:28pm


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Mitaanjigamiing First Nation is affiliated with the Gobe Corporation which is currently active with mining initiatives including Canadian Malarctic and New Gold, according to the nation's website.

Indigenous communities and families in Northwestern Ontario will receive key upgrades to the local road network and cultural spaces with a federal grant of $469,000.

The funding was announced Aug. 25 by Don Rusnak, member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Rainy River, on behalf of the minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedNor.

Mitaanjigamiing First Nation is receiving $200,000 to support the realignment of unsafe sections of the main access road into the community. This will help widen and increase the capacity of the access road, allowing construction, mining, tourism and forestry businesses easier access to the community.

Chief Janice Henderson of the Mitaanjigamiing First Nation said the dollars will benefit the entire region.

The remaining $269,300 will assist the Couchiching First Nation, Rainy River First Nation and the Fort Frances Museum and Cultural Centre undertake infrastructure upgrades to community assets.