David Zimmer Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation MPP Willowdale

David Zimmer Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation has said that “The grants provided by the Aboriginal Community Capital Grants Program and the Aboriginal Economic Development Fund promote growth in First Nation communities by creating jobs and diversifying local economies. This goes a long way in improving the overall well-being and outcomes for Indigenous people in Ontario.”

Ontario is helping to support local economic growth, culture, tourism and infrastructure development for First Nation communities on Manitoulin Island and the surrounding area.

Through the Aboriginal Community Capital Grants Program (ACCGP) and the Aboriginal Economic Development Fund (AEDF) the province is investing in:

  •  Architectural drawings for an elders and youth centre for Sheguiandah First Nation on Manitoulin Island
  • An economic strategic plan for Sheshegwaning First Nation on Manitoulin Island.
  • Renovations to the Dokis First Nation’s museum and cultural centre to convert part of the museum and cultural centre into classrooms that will be available to local and regional school boards.
  • Installation of a parking lot and digital signage at the Four Directions Community Complex in Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation to make the local community centre more accessible and inviting for elders, youth and visitors.

Supporting economic development in First Nation communities is one of many steps on Ontario’s journey of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. It reflects the government’s commitment to work with Indigenous partners, creating a better future for everyone in the province.

Investing in infrastructure, culture and tourism in First Nation communities is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

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